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October 5, 2022  

 

BOONVILLE TEEN ESCAPES INJURY IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK   

A Boonville teen escaped injury after a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Cooper County.  The report states that 18 year old Kaitlyn Divine was on MO 135 when she swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and ran off the right side of the road. 

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH   

A driver was seriously injured in a Monday afternoon crash in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 26 year old Cameron Hafley of O’Fallon was on Route DD when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, damage occurred as the left front of his truck struck the end of the guardrail, continued off the roadway and became airborne and overturned into a creek.   He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS TO CLOSE STATEWIDE FOR UPCOMING HOLIDAY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, October 10, 2022, in observance of Columbus Day.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

 

 




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October 4, 2022  

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A Columbia man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:35pm Sunday in Boone County.  36 year old Kenneth Eskew was riding his motorcycle on Route VV north of Botner Road when he lost control, ran off the left side of the roadway, collided with a mailbox and was ejected from his motorcycle.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.  

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK  

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Morgan County.  The report states that 58 year old Lee Loman of Gravois Mills was on MO 5 when his truck traveled off the right side of the road, struck a rock embankment, went airborne, struck a tree and overturned.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

Two people were hurt in a Sunday morning crash in Monroe County.  The patrol says that 36 year old John Vogel of Springfield was on US 24 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest on its wheels in the roadway.  He along with his passenger 31 year old Dezirae Shaw of Hannibal sustained moderate injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 




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October 3, 2022  

 

TWO HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

Two people were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Cooper County.  20 year old Mason Shaw of Columbia was on 17910 Highway 41 when his truck traveled over a railroad crossing and overturned off the left side of the roadway and then struck a parked vehicle and a utility pole.  Both Shaw and his passenger 19 year old Delbert Harris of Columbia were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN AN UTV CRASH

A Centralia man was injured in an UTV crash Saturday afternoon in Howard County.  29 year old Kyle Thompson was riding his UTV on County Road 121 when it ran off the road at a “T” intersection and struck a ditch before ejecting the driver.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A driver was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Saturday night in Morgan County.  The report states that 45 year old Scott Gruber of Stover, MO was riding his motorcycle on Saw Mill Road at Hillview Road when he crossed the wrong side of the roadway and struck a vehicle driven by 39 year old Danita Roettgen of Stover head-on.  Gruber was flown to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries while the woman was not injured in the accident.

 

 




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September 30, 2022

 

WERDCC CONDUCTING AN EMERGENCY EXERCISE

Within the next week, the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia will be conducting its annual emergency exercise.  This exercise will involve staff members from WERDCC and possibly other law-enforcement agencies.  As a result, there may be an increase in corrections and law-enforcement staff and or equipment in the community. 

 

TEEN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK  

A Palmyra teen was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Osage County.  18 year old Nicholas Erwin was on Route U when his truck traveled off the right side of the road, struck the ground and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.     

 

WOMAN KILLED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT  

50 year old Victoria Cooper of St. Louis was killed in an accident that occurred at 1am Thursday in Howard County.  The patrol says that she was on Route O when her car ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a drainage culvert, a fence post and a tree before coming to rest off the roadway.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH  

A man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in Morgan County.  78 year old Robert Martin of Gravois Mills was on Georgia Road when his motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a telephone junction box and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.    

 

 




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September 29, 2022

 

MAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 6:30am Wednesday in Warren County.  61 year old Timothy Curtin of Indianapolis, IN was westbound on I-70 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned on its right side and struck a fence.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.   

 

DRIVER INJURED IN ONE-VEHICLE WRECK   

A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 31 year old Justin Blackburn of Sullivan was south on the outer I-44 road near Glaser Road when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Here’s the latest release from the Sheriff’s Office in Montgomery County. For the week of 09/16/2022 – 09/22/2022

·         On September 16, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle on Highway 19, south of Montgomery City, for displaying a license plate of another vehicle. Deputies reported the driver admitted to knowing he had the wrong plate on the vehicle, he was not able to provide proof of insurance and there were 4 juvenile passengers, none of which were wearing a seatbelt. After further investigation, deputies seized 3 syringes that were filled with a liquid substance. After field testing the syringes, deputies reported all were filled with Methamphetamine. The driver, who was also on Parole for Dangerous Drugs, was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges were filed for Displaying Plates of Another Vehicle, Failing to Register Motor Vehicle, Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child X 4.

·         On September 17, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle on Booneslick Road, near New Florence, for a registration violation. During the course of the traffic stop, deputies determined the driver had been drinking and after failing the field sobriety test, the driver was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Deputies further seized several articles of drug paraphernalia and Methamphetamine. The driver was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and charges were filed for Displaying Plates of Another Vehicle, Failing to Register Motor Vehicle, Failing to Provide Proof of Insurance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While Intoxicated.

·         On September 17, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Montgomery City area for an equipment violation. Upon making contact with the driver it was discovered his driver’s license was suspended. The driver was placed under arrest. After further investigation, the passenger was found to be in possession a glass smoking devise and a clear plastic bag containing Methamphetamine. The passenger was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Montgomery County Jail.

·         On September 18, 2022, Deputies responded to a Domestic outside of Wellsville. Upon making contact with both parties and after further investigation, deputies were told they were arguing and the male subject felt it was okay to grab his girlfriend, on three different occasions during this argument, covering her mouth and nose to where she could not breath, in order to keep her from yelling at him. The girlfriend was not able to leave, was further assaulted, and feared for her life. The male subject was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges were filed for Kidnapping and Domestic Assault.

·         On September 20, 2022, Deputies responded to Anthony Road in Middletown for a report of a loose horse that was grazing on a neighboring property. The horse has been loose on multiple occasions and we believe the horse has been abandoned and neglected for quite some time. The Sheriff’s Office made arrangements with Tangled Willow Equine Services and the Montgomery County Livestock Barn to assist us in the impoundment of the horse. The Sheriff’s Office has filed charges against the owner, who lives in the State of Florida, for Animal Neglect.

·         On September 21, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the New Florence area for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the occupants and after further investigation, deputies discovered the passenger the passenger was in possession of more than 20 Clonazepam pills, a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and two bags containing Methamphetamine. The passenger was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charged with 2 Counts Possession of a Controlled Substance.

·         On September 22, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Wellsville area for displaying plates of another vehicle. Upon making contact with both, the driver and passenger, deputies reported observing both subject trying to hide something on their person. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered the driver was in possession of 21 Vicodin pills, a Schedule II Controlled Substance. The passenger was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. Both were arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤:

·         Juvenile Complaint – Wellsville

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Bluffton

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery

·         Public Service Request – Jonesburg

·         Assist Other Agency – Jonesburg

·         Medical – Montgomery

·         Traffic Hazard – High Hill

·         Motorist Assist – I-70

·         Disturbance – New Florence

·         911 Open Line – Montgomery

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery

·         Suspicious Activity – Wellsville

·         911 Accidental – Wellsville

·         Traffic Accident – I-70

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery

·         C & I – I-70

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery

·         Traffic Hazard – Rhineland

·         Vehicle Fire – I-70

·         C & I – I-70

·         Domestic – Wellsville

·         Suspicious Activity – Wellsville

·         Domestic – Wellsville

·         Domestic – Wellsville

·         Abandon Vehicle – Bellflower

·         Suspicious Activity – New Florence

·         Public Relations – McKittrick

·         Traffic Accident – I-70

·         911 Accidental – Wellsville

·         Suspicious Person – Wellsville

·         Traffic Hazard – Wellsville

·         Domestic – Montgomery

·         Pedestrian Check – I-70

·         Public Service Request – Bellflower

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Medical – High Hill

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Attempt to Contact – High Hill

·         Motorist Assist – New Florence

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·         Motorist Assist – Montgomery City

·         Animal Complaint – Middletown

·         Stealing – New Florence

·         School Visit – Montgomery City

·         Animal Complaint – Middletown

·         Harassment – Montgomery City

·         911 Open Line – Montgomery City

·         Medical – High Hill

·         Attempt to Contact – McKittrick

·         Suspicious Activity – Danville

·         Special Assignment – Wellsville

·         Alarm – Bellflower

·         Investigation – Montgomery City

·         Assist MSHP

·         Medical – Montgomery City

·         Check Well Being – New Florence

·         Pedestrian Check – I 70

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·         Domestic – Danville

·         Juvenile Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Special Assignment – Montgomery City

·         Special Assignment – Middletown

·         Check Well Being – I 70

·         Juvenile Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Suicidal Subject – Minneola

·         Disturbance – New Florence

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Assist Children’s Division

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Civil Matter - Jonesburg

·         Assist Other Agency - Danville

·         Possess Control Substance - Montgomery City

·         Possess Control Substance - New Florence

·         Possess Control Substance - Montgomery City

·         Domestic - Wellsville

·         Domestic Assault - Wellsville

·         Suspicious Person - Wellsville

·         Abandoned Vehicle - Bellflower

·         Assist Other Agency - New Florence

·         96-Hour Commit - High Hill

·         Stealing - New Florence

·         Animal Neglect- Middletown

·         Driving While Revoked - McKittrick

·         Information/Civil Issue - Montgomery City

·         Possess Control Substance - New Florence

·         Check Well Being New Florence

·         Fail To Register As A Sex Offender - Jonesburg

·         Domestic - Montgomery City

·         Possess Control Substance - Wellsville

·         Driving While Revoked - Wellsville

·         Assist Children’s Division - Montgomery City

·         Tampering With Motor Vehicle - New Florence

·         Forgery - High Hill

   


 




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September 28, 2022

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 4:15am Tuesday in Franklin County.  53 year old James Davis of Washington, MO was on 8577 Whiskey Creek Road when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.  

 

MOTORCYCLE WRECK SERIOUSLY INJURES MAN   

A motorcycle wreck Monday night in St. Charles County seriously injures man.  The patrol says that 44 year old Kelly Kingsley of St. Charles was riding his motorcycle on MO 370 when it overturned and ran off the left side of the road.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS AND UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI TEAMING UP AGAIN AS PART OF THE 111TH MIZZOU HOMECOMING
As part of the 111th Mizzou Homecoming celebration, the University of Missouri and the American Red Cross are once again teaming up for the 36th consecutive year to help save lives through blood donations. Show your ‘Heart of Gold’ by donating blood at the Homecoming Blood Drive Oct. 10-13 at the University’s Hearnes Center Fieldhouse from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a Homecoming-themed, ‘Heart of Gold’  blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last. There will also be various treats throughout each day of the drive from local businesses. Last year’s Homecoming Blood Drive returned after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19. In 2021, the daily goal was 550 blood donations and 2,100 over the four days. The drive finished with 2,504 blood donations last year. 134,485 blood donations have been collected in the previous 35 years the Red Cross and the University of Missouri have hosted the Homecoming Blood Drive. This year 4,000 blood donations are expected.  Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. Blood donations can be used to help patients across the Red Cross Missouri-Arkansas (MOAR) Region and beyond. The Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive is the largest collegiate blood drive in the country. “Mizzou Homecoming has been a staple for well over 100 years and we could not be prouder to play a role in the festivities these last three and half decades,” said Rebecca Gordon, Executive Director, Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri. “The students, faculty, alumni and Columbia community do a remarkable job in partnering with us on this lifesaving event. We hope to have a great turn out this year and invite everyone to roll up a sleeve and donate for patients in need.”

 

IT’S DEER SEASON! STAY ALERT!

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year. Drivers are urged to remain alert. If you strike a deer, move your vehicle to a safe location and call 9-1-1 or *55 on a cell phone and report it. Drivers are reminded that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Overreacting usually leads to more serious traffic crashes. As soon as you see a deer, the best course of action is to reduce your speed gradually while watching other traffic around you. Other drivers may be doing the same, so be sure to pay attention and always wear your seat belt.

Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. Drivers in urban areas of the state should watch for deer as well. When you see a deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways. At night, watch for deer eyes to reflect your headlights, which could give you more time to react to their presence. Remember that deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen.

Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 3,779 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2 hours and 18 minutes in the state. In these crashes, there were three fatalities and 420 people were injured. The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur during the 6-6:59 a.m. and 6-8:59 p.m. timeframe. 

 

 




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September 27, 2022

 

WOMAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:15am Monday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 71 year old Virginia Wright of Benton City, MO entered US 54 and her car was struck by a vehicle driven by 27 year old Kale Meyer of Montgomery City.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

ROLLA MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK  

A Rolla man was killed in a motorcycle wreck Sunday night in Osage County.  55 year old Donald Mahaney was riding his motorcycle on Osage County Road 722 when it went off the left side of the roadway, returned to the road, slid and ran off the right side of the roadway, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

A St. Louis driver was hurt in a Sunday night crash in Jefferson County.  The report states that 61 year old John Naylor was on the ramp from southbound MO 21 to MO 141 when he fell asleep, causing his car to travel off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail end.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

 




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September 26, 2022

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A man and woman from Arkansas were seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 8pm Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 38 year old Keith Stanford was on US 54 when his car traveled straight through the roundabout and went off the northeast corner of the roadway into a large ditch.  Both Stanford and his passenger 37 year old Courtney King were taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  

 

MAN HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING WRECK  

A Columbia man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday evening in Cooper County.  44 year old Lee Reifsteck was on MO 41 and driving too fast for road conditions when he failed to negotiate a left turn, causing his truck to run off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.  

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH   

A driver was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning crash in Franklin County.  22 year old Camdon Machelett of Bourbon, MO was on Spring Bluff Road and traveling too fast for the curvature of the roadway when his motorcycle  ran off the right side of the road and overturned onto its right side.  The man was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

 




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September 23, 2022

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A Bunceton man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11:40pm Wednesday in Cooper County.  53 year old Warren Pennington was on 13012 Highway B when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

TEEN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Festus teen was injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday morning in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Tucker Uding was riding his motorcycle on Route A when it began to slide on the pavement, crossed the double yellow centerline, partially overturned, slid on its side across the westbound lane of Route A and off the left side of the road, ejecting the teen from the motorcycle.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

A Lake St. Louis driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning in St. Charles County.  66 year old Spas Raytchev was westbound on I-70 when he lost control of his car, ran off the left side of the road, struck the center concrete median barrier, returned to the roadway and then traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the concrete median barrier a second time.  The man sustained minor injuries but refused transport by St. Charles County Ambulance District.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

FOR THE PERIOD 09/09/2022 – 09/15/2022

 

·        On September 9, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Montgomery City area for an expired temp tag. Through the course of the traffic stop, deputies conducted a search of the vehicle. Deputies located approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine, a syringe loaded with blood and methamphetamine, and a marijuana pipe inside the vehicle. Deputies further discovered one of the occupants had a sock, in her waistband, containing a glass pipe that tested positive for methamphetamine. Two occupant of the vehicle were arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges were filed on both for r Possession of Controlled Substance and Felony Drug Paraphernalia.

·        On September 10, 2022, Deputies responded to a residence near Wellsville for a reported a reported seizure. Upon arrival, deputies were advised, when the subject heard the sirens he jumped up and ran into the house. The homeowners advised the subject had run into the bathroom and they did not know what he was doing. Deputies made contact with the male subject and a female in the bathroom who immediately became aggressive toward the Deputies. The male subject then swung at the deputies several times, striking them. Eventually, deputies gained control and the male subject was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges were filed for Resisting Arrest and Assault on a Law Enforcement.

·        On September 13, 2022, Deputies responded to the area of Hwy 161 for a traffic complaint. The reporting party advised of a vehicle, all over the road, and weaving into the oncoming lane of traffic. Deputies located the vehicle and observed it to be driving on the shoulder of the roadway. A traffic stop was conducted and upon contact with the driver, deputies could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. After further investigation, the driver was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

 

CALLS FOR THE WEEK:

 

·  Abandoned Vehicle – Bellflower

·  Investigation – Wellsville

·  Assist MSHP – Pursuit

·  Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence

·  Alarm/Burglary – Middletown

·  Information – Montgomery City

·  Animal Abuse/Neglect – New Florence

·  C & I – Big Spring

·  School Visit – Wellsville

·  Information – Montgomery City

·  Information – Montgomery City

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·  Citizen Assist – Bellflower

·  Stealing – Montgomery City

·  Motorist Assist – New Florence

·  Suspicious Activity – Wellsville

·  Assist Warren County

·  C & I – Montgomery City

·  C & I – I 70

·  Medical – Middletown

·  911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·  Unknown Situation – Middletown

·  C & I – I 70

·  911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·  C & I – Montgomery City

·  Information – Jonesburg

·  Suspicious Activity – Wellsville

·  Medical – Montgomery City

·  911 Accidental – New Florence

·  911 Accidental – Bellflower

·  Public Relations – Montgomery City

·  Motorist Assist – I 70

·  Public Relations – Wellsville

·  Assault – Montgomery City

·  Assist Warren County

·  Attempt to Contact – New Florence

·  Disturbance – Montgomery city

·  Medical – Wellsville

·  Assist MSHP

·  Domestic – Hermann

·  Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence

·  Harassment – McKittrick

·  Citizen Assist – High Hill

·  Disturbance – McKittrick

·  Child Custody Dispute – New Florence

·  Stealing – High Hill

·  Suspicious Person – Bellflower

·  Suspicious Person – New Florence

·  Suspicious Person – New Florence

·  Public Service Request – Montgomery

·  Juvenile Complaint – Montgomery

·  Check Well Being – Jonesburg

·  Assist Other Agency – I-70

·  Animal Complaint – Wellsville

·  Disturbance – I-70

·  C & I – Montgomery

·  Found Property – Montgomery

·  911 Accidental – Montgomery

·  911 Open Line – High Hill

·  Traffic Accident – Montgomery

·  911 Open Line – Montgomery

·  Assist Other Agency – Bellflower

·  Juvenile Complaint – Wellsville

·  Trespass – New Florence

·  C & I – I-70

·  C & I – I-70

·  Medical – Montgomery

·  911 Accidental – High Hill

·  Attempt to Contact – New Florence

·  Disturbance – Wellsville

·  Public Service - New Florence

·  911 Open Line – Montgomery

·  Public Service Request – Montgomery

·  Check Well Being – I-70

·  Disturbance – High Hill

·  Suspicious Activity – New Florence

·  911 Accidental – Montgomery

·  Alarm – Jonesburg

·  Disturbance – Jonesburg

·  Harassment – Montgomery City

·  Resisting Arrest – Montgomery County

·  Child Porn Investigation – Wellsville

·  Recovered Stolen Property – Warren County

·  Possession of Controlled Substance – Montgomery City

·  Warrant arrest – New Florence

·  Assault on LEO – Wellsville

·  Mental Health – Montgomery City

·  Trespassing – New Florence

·  Harassment Middletown

·  Burglary – High Hill

·  Stealing – Montgomery City

·  Domestic – New Florence

·  Drive While Intoxicated – Montgomery City

·  School Assault – Montgomery City

·  K-9 Search Wellsville School

·  Sexual Assault – New Florence

·  Assault – Montgomery City

·  Mental Health Issues – New Florence

 




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September 22, 2022

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IMPOUNDS A HORSE

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports they impounded a horse that has been on the loose on multiple occasions. They also offered thanks to Tangled Willow Equine Services and the Montgomery County Livestock Barn for their assistance with the transport and impoundment of the horse that authorities believe has been abandoned and neglected for quite some time. Tuesday, the horse was found on a neighboring property grazing and since the horse has been on the loose several times the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will be filing charges against the owner for Animal Neglect. The horse was impounded from the Middletown area, near the Pike County - Montgomery County Line.

 

4 HURT IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

2 women and 2 kids were injured in an accident that occurred at 6:15pm Tuesday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 28 year old Tessa Lampkin of Owensville was on US 50 at MO 28 when she made a left turn into the path of a vehicle driven by 27 year old Deborah Dolles of Bland resulting in a collision.  Lampkin suffered minor injuries while Dolles sustained moderate injuries.  Also 2 kids in Dolles’s vehicle suffered minor injuries, but the 2 year old girl did not seek medical treatment, while the 8 year old boy and the two women were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY EVENING WRECK

A Union woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday evening in Franklin County.  53 year old Angela Stewart was on Route AT when she started to fall asleep, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway, strike a culvert, continued off the right side of the road and hit a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




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September 21, 2022

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK

The Highway Patrol reports 49 year old Christopher J. Kennedy of Columbia was transported to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries after the westbound vehicle he was driving on I-70 at the 184 mile marker in Montgomery County traveled off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. The crash report indicted the accident happened around 4:43 p.m. Monday afternoon. 

 

IOWA MAN EJECTED FROM MOTORCYCLE

Troopers say 30 year old Jesse Welter, of Dubuque, IA was eastbound on US 54, just east of Audrain County Road 725 at 10:20 a.m. Monday when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the right side of the roadway and began overturning ejecting the driver before the motorcycle came to a final rest. Welter received moderate injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

GROUND BROKEN FOR NEW STATE OF THE ART BEEF PROCESSING FACILITY IN WARREN COUNTY

Governor Mike Parson participated in the ground breaking ceremony for American Foods Group, LLC's (AFG) new state-of-the-art beef processing facility in Warren County. The company broke ground at its site near Wright City, marking the beginning of a project expected to generate $1 billion in annual economic impact in the state of Missouri.  “As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I am proud to welcome AFG to Missouri. This is a major development that will benefit Missouri’s agricultural producers and consumers for years to come,” Governor Parson said. “With $94 billion contributed to our economy annually, we appreciate that agriculture is our number one industry. AFG’s investment in Missouri further signals to the nation and world what we’ve known all along, that Missouri is the best place for companies to grow and expand. We couldn’t be more excited for AFG’s expansion in Missouri.” AFG is investing $800 million in the new 775,000 sq. ft. facility. The company plans to create more than 1,300 new jobs in the region with an annual payroll of approximately $80 million. “As highlighted in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan, our region’s agricultural assets have long served as an economic engine. American Foods Group’s facility will bolster the economy for local farmers and agriculture businesses,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “The family-owned company complements our already thriving agricultural and agtech strengths and their investment in good-paying jobs in Warren County will benefit our metro for years to come. This win – following a multi-state and metro search – also underscores that St. Louis can go head-to-head with any other region on the merits.” AFG is family-owned and employs more than 4,500 individuals across the United States. The company evaluated multiple locations for its newest facility where they plan to process 2,400 cattle per day. The company plans to be fully operational by the end of 2024.

 

 




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DRIVER INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A driver was injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:20am Sunday in Pike County.  58 year old Paul Curtis of Meredosia, IL was on Missouri 154 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and began skidding, crossed the center of the road, went off the left side of the roadway, struck the ground and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE TO HOST OPEN HOUSE AT REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 24TH

The Columbia Police Department will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at its Regional Training Center, 5001 Meyer Industrial Drive. While part of the Department's ongoing recruitment drive, the event also will provide a chance for anyone in the community to learn more about CPD's operations. "This is not only a prime recruiting opportunity, but also a great chance to connect with the community," said Acting Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter. "People can stop by, learn more about what we do on a daily basis and get a different perspective on law enforcement.  "Representatives from the Department's SWAT team, Crisis Negotiation Team, K-9 Unit, Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigators will be present to discuss their roles and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to get a closer look at the Department's BearCat SWAT vehicle and mobile command posts, as well as activities such as a K-9 demonstration. Light refreshments will be available. The open house is the latest in a series of initiatives aimed at addressing the Department's staffing shortage. As a result of a months-long recruitment campaign, the Department swore in nine new officers in August and has an additional six recruits in the Law Enforcement Training Institute's fall academy. For more information, call 573.874.7422.

 

NATIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK

Many law enforcement agencies statewide along with other safety advocates are working together on a campaign designed to help reduce serious injuries and fatalities for children involved in automobile crashes. National Child Passenger Safety Week kicked off on Sunday and will continue through Saturday, September 24th.  Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety or booster seat. If the child is at least 80 pounds or more, and at least 4foot 9 inches tall, the child can then be placed in a properly attached and secured safety belt. For safety reasons, the Missouri State Highway Patrol discourages the purchase of child safety seats at a garage sale or other secondhand outlets. Also, a safety seat that has been in a vehicle during a traffic crash should be replaced. For more information about the proper use of child restraint systems or to schedule a child safety seat inspection, contact the nearest Missouri State Highway Patrol troop headquarters and ask for the public information and education officer. Missouri has a number of laws regarding safety for persons under 18 years of age. As an example no person under age 18 is allowed to ride in the unenclosed bed of a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than 12,000 pounds on lettered highways, federal, state-maintained highways, and within city limits. There are exemptions for agricultural purposes, special events, and parades. This is just one of many you need to be aware of.

 

 




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September 19, 2022

 

MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN SATURDAY EVENING CRASH  

A Maryville, IL man was injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening in Morgan County.  57 year old James Courtney was riding his motorcycle on Route W when he failed to negotiate a curve, crossed the center of the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road and struck a road, before being ejected from it.  He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

A St. Peters woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 5am Saturday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 37 year old Dorothy Faries was on Highway 79 when she failed to maintain a lane, causing her car to run off the road and hit a guardrail end before overturning.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

A Fenton teen was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Franklin County.  The report states that the teen was on Highway 100 when his truck traveled off the north side of the road and overturned.  He sustained serious injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

 

 




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September 16, 2022

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEW K9 JUSTICE VISITS WELLSVILLE-MIDDLETOWN R1 SCHOOL

On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department new K9 - Justice made her first school appearance at the Wellsville-Middletown R1 School. K9 Justice and her handler, K9 Deputy Brent Sheets, conducted a search of the student lockers and everyone should be happy to know, nothing was found. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring the safety of all students and doing their part to help keep schools in the county drug free.  Wednesday’s search is one of those efforts.

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED WHEN BOONE COUNTY DEPUTIES RESPOND TO BURGLARY IN PROGRESS

On Tuesday, at approximately 12:30 pm, Boone County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1400 block of Golf Boulevard in reference to a burglary in progress. Boone County Joint Communications received a 911 call reporting a male subject carrying a large knife had entered an occupied residence through an unlocked door. The caller reported the male suspect was in the kitchen area of the residence and was being held at gunpoint by another resident. When the first deputy arrived on scene the male suspect, who was identified as 31-year-old Damon Harrell of Columbia, was located just outside the residence. Harrell was sitting near the door with a large knife in his hands. The deputy began giving commands to Harrell; however, Harrell stood up and ran from the residence. A Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit responded to assist and Harrell was located in the yard of a neighboring residence. Harrell surrendered to the K9 Unit without being bitten or injured. Based on their observations, deputies suspected Harrell was possibly suffering from some type of impairment, so he was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. Harrell was later booked into the Boone County Jail and was charged with

Burglary 1st Degree, Armed Criminal Action, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Resisting Arrest.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ISSUE REMINDER ON WAYS TO PREVENT CAR BREAK-INS

Columbia Police has been issuing reminders to make sure to lock your cars and take other measures to help prevent car break-ins! Police said in a post on social media that in the last 48 hours, there have been approximately 11 break-ins reported within the Columbia city limits. Very often, vehicle break-ins are crimes of opportunity – and there are several key steps that you can take to help safeguard your vehicle and valuables, including stowing or removing valuables, especially firearms. Ensure windows and sunroof are closed, don’t leave a spare key, shut your car off when it’s unattended, park in well-lit areas and avoid isolated spots, activate the alarm and make sure you lock the doors. Some basic reminders on ways to help prevent break-ins from the Columbia Police Department.

 

 




TWO KILLED IN FATAL GASCONADE COUNTY CRASH

A mother and daughter were killed in a Gasconade County crash at 11:28 a.m. Wednesday at the MO 19 and MO 100 junction. The patrol said 61 year old Cynthia R. Wolf of Gasconade, MO was eastbound on MO 100 and failed to stop for a stop sign. Her vehicle crossed MO 19 and struck a bluff. The driver was pronounced deceased minutes after the crash and a passenger, the drivers mother, 79  year old Anita R. Wolf was pronounced deceased just before noon Wednesday by the Gascondade County Coroner at the scene. The Hermann Police Department and Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene. It was noted in the report this was Troop F’s 6th and 7th fatality for September and the 54th and 55th for the year.

 

TWO CENTRALIA RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN CRASH

Two Centralia residents both sustained minor injuries when the vehicles they were driving collided on Route Z, 1 mile north of Union Church Road in Boone County at 2:45 pm Wednesday. Troopers said the crash occurred when a vehicle driven by a 17 year old male who was northbound traveled off the right side of the road and overcorrected. The vehicle then returned to the roadway, crossed the center of the highway and struck the driver side of a southbound pickup driven by 32 year old Colin Kemble. Both drivers refused medical treatment at the scene and both vehicles were totaled.

 

SUSPECT TURNED HIMSELF IN MONDAY TO BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES

Columbia Police say Jeffrey David Tubbs, 50, of Columbia, turned himself in to the Boone County Jail at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Sept. 12. He is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Tubbs was being sought by Columbia Police in connection to an incident that occurred Aug. 31 at approximately 11:48 a.m. when officers were dispatched to an area near the intersection of Old Highway 63 North and Gordon Street for a report of a shooting. On scene, officers located an adult male victim with apparent gunshot wounds who was transported by EMS to a local hospital. While the suspect had already fled the scene, officers identified Tubbs as the suspect during the investigation. Tubbs is in custody of the Boone County Jail without bond.




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September 14, 2022

 

MAN HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT   

A Martinsburg man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 8:10pm Tuesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 38 year old Matt Goff was on US 54 when his car was struck by a vehicle which crossed the center of the roadway being driven by 76 year old Thomas Wilder of Michigan, MO.  Goff refused medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries while Wilder was not injured in the accident.   

 

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Monday night crash in Gasconade County.  41 year old Joshua Johnson of Bland was on Route Y when he lost control, causing it to overturn.  He was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

A woman was injured in a Tuesday morning wreck in Jefferson County.  The report states that a box truck traveling eastbound on Route T crossed the double yellow centerline into the path of a vehicle driven by 48 year old Holly Pope of Festus.  She swerved to the right to avoid the collision and ran off the right side of the road and struck a dirt embankment and a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




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September 13, 2022

 

HALLSVILLE MAN ELECTROCUTED IN AUTO ACCIDENT

Boone County authorities say a 22-year-old Hallsville man was pronounced dead at the scene after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a power pole and he was electrocuted. The crash was reported around 1:30 am Monday morning on South River Road near Higdon Road in Boone County. The sheriff’s office confirmed the man was electrocuted after his car crashed into a pole which resulted in contact with the live power line.

 

BOONVILLE MAN DIES AS A RESULT OF FRIDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

Columbia Police investigated a fatal crash that occurred on I-70 Westbound near the 123.4 mile marker shortly after noon on Friday. Police say 30 year old Ruzana Tadzhibayev of Columbia was westbound when another vehicle in front of her slowed due to heavy traffic ahead. That vehicle was driven by 84 year old Wayne W. Simmons of Boonville. The Simmons vehicle was struck from behind by the other westbound auto resulting in both leaving the roadway on the north side of the interstate. Simmons was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased a short time later at the hospital. A passenger in the Simmons auto was also transported to University Hospital with life threatening injuries. The other driver was not injured.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ASSAULT

Columbia Police are investigating an assault that occurred early Saturday morning at approximately 3:15 a.m. in the 1800 block of Holly Avenue. During their investigation, officers located at a local hospital an adult male who suffered an apparent gunshot wound. This individual is in stable condition. No suspect information is available at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652. To report a tip without including your name or contact information, call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477). A reminder, a tip that leads to an arrest or helps solve a felony crime could result in a cash reward.

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER EARLY MORNING DRUG BUST IN BELLFLOWER LAST WEEK

During the morning hours last Wednesday, September 7, 2022, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the East Central Drug Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant in the 400 block of South Walnut in Bellflower, MO. As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, several marijuana plants, and drug paraphernalia. Two people were arrested as a result of this investigation. Franklin J. Lucas, 42, of Bellflower, MO was charged with Possession of a Controlled Subatance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Emma S.A. Golden, 34, of Bellflower was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance as well as an Active Lincoln County Warrant for Felony Resisting Arrest.

 

 




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September 12, 2022

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

An Osage Beach man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:20am Sunday in Camden County.  36 year old Chancelor Kitts was in the front of 316 Albany Drive when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A driver from Nelson, MO was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Miller County.  The report states that an improper loading of a towed unit on a truck caused it to swerve and fishtail and overturned and came to rest upright off the right side of the road on US 54.  The driver 53 year old Larry Skinner was taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH

A Franklin County crash Saturday morning seriously injured a High Ridge man.  The patrol says that 32 year old Luis Martinez was on Highway 100 when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected to the left, traveled off the left side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Clair Hospital with serious injuries.

 

 




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September 9, 2022

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO A ROBBERY AUGUST 28TH

Columbia Police have arrested Jameson Jerome Harris, 26, of Columbia, for first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and outstanding warrants for third-degree domestic assault and driving while revoked. The arrest is in connection to an incident that occurred Aug. 28 at approximately 8:45 p.m., when officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Subway restaurant in the 2700 block of Paris Road. Upon their arrival, officers attempted to locate a suspect but learned he had already fled. An employee told officers that the suspect, later identified as Harris, was in possession of a firearm and had robbed the store of cash before fleeing on foot. On Sept. 7 at approximately 1:45 p.m. detectives located and arrested Harris in the 100 block of Hospital Drive.

 

HAVE A LARGE EVERGREEN THAT NEEDS REMOVED? DONATE IT TO  MDC FOR GOVERNOR’S MANSION CHRISTMAS TREE

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas tree for use on the governor's mansion lawn in Jefferson City. MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the Department.

MDC is looking for a tree that is about 30 to 40 feet tall. The preferred species for the tree is eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. The best candidates will be fully branched on all sides and easily accessible by large equipment.

The right tree may either be near the end of its life or may need to be removed for other reasons. Often evergreens are planted too close to homes and buildings and eventually grow too large for the space.

Once the tree is selected, MDC staff will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the trees to the governor's mansion at no cost to the owners. The donor will receive a thank-you from the governor and an invitation to the lighting ceremony, which usually occurs the first Friday in December.

They ask people to take photos of candidate trees and email them to holidaytrees@mdc.mo.gov. Be sure to include a contact telephone number, location of the tree, and several pictures taken from different angles and distances. Candidate tree nominations can also be submitted by mail to: Missouri Department of Conservation, ATTN: Mansion Christmas Tree, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

All entries must be submitted by Oct 7. Full guidelines are available at mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/governors-mansion-christmas-tree-search. For more information or questions, contact MDC Communications Specialist Holly Dentner at 573-751-4115, ext. 3110, or Holly.Dentner@mdc.mo.gov.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

08/26/2022 – 08/30/2022

 

··Booneslick Road near High Hill. Deputies made contact with the driver and after further investigation, deputies found the passenger to be in possession of methamphetamine. The Passenger of the vehicle was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

CALLS FOR THE WEEK:

 

·Montgomery City

··Middletown

·Rhineland

·Middletown

·Montgomery City

·Montgomery City

···Rhineland

··Florence

·Assist Warren County

···Bellflower

·Bellflower

··Rhineland

·Montgomery City

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·Florence

··Montgomery City

··Rhineland

··Montgomery City

·Montgomery City

·Bellflower

·Rhineland

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·Montgomery City

·Montgomery City

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September 8, 2022

 

WINDSOR PLACE INDUSTRIAL PARK ANNOUNCED AS A MISSOURI CERTIFIED SITE

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that the Windsor Place Industrial Park, located in the Village of Windsor near Boonville, is now a Missouri Certified Site. As a Missouri Certified Site, the Windsor Place Industrial Park indicates it is shovel-ready for companies looking to establish business in Central Missouri.

As a Certified Site of the Missouri Certified Site program, Windsor Place Industrial Park joins more than 30 other sites statewide that are recognized as development-ready. Certified sites meet a set of standards designed to eliminate risk and expedite a company’s move to a new location. Items reviewed include the availability of utilities, site access, environmental concerns, land use conformance, and potential site development costs. Windsor Place Industrial Park is conveniently located adjacent to the city limits of Boonville along Interstate 70.

 

MODOT IS HIRING DEDICATED WORKERS TO JOIN WINTER MAINTENANCE CREWS

Hot Missouri summers eventually give way to cold Missouri winters. When the snow starts falling, travelers in the Show-Me State depend on the Missouri Department of Transportation to keep the highways cleared. MoDOT, in turn, relies on a dedicated team of Winter Weather Warriors who can take on whatever the season delivers to keep Missouri moving.

Right now, MoDOT has several full-time maintenance and emergency maintenance equipment operator positions open throughout the state. Salaries start at $17.55 per hour, depending on level of experience and area of operation. This position is also eligible for an additional $3 to $6 per hour when working winter/emergency operations activities.

“It’s not just a winter job,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT’s maintenance director. “Opportunities for year-round employment include mowing, striping and other maintenance functions to keep Missouri roads safe for all who travel on them.”

Full-time maintenance employment requirements:

  • 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET.
  • Valid Driver's License.
  • Passing grade on the written portion of the commercial driver's license (CDL) exam prior to hire date.
  • Passing grade on the driving portion of the CDL exam with tanker endorsement, no air brake restrictions (Class B), within 60 days after being hired.
  • Successful completion of a work simulation examination and a medical-physical examination.
  • Pre-employment drug test and criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment).

 

Emergency Maintenance Equipment Operator requirements:

  • 18 years old.
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A or B with no air brake restrictions.
  • Pre-employment drug test and criminal background check (a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not an automatic restriction to employment). 

Full-time maintenance employees receive full training and a long list of other benefits including retirement, paid leave, medical, vision and dental insurance; and a culturally diverse workplace that is dedicated to safety and personal development.

To learn more about this opportunity, or to apply online, go to www.modot.org/careers .

 




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September 7, 2022

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Middletown man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:30pm Tuesday in Montgomery County.  57 year old Mark Shramek was on Route AC when his ATV ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the ATV.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY EVENING WRECK

A woman from Meta, MO was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday evening in Osage County.  The patrol says that 67 year old Barbara Britton was on Route T when she fell asleep, causing her truck to travel off the left side of the road and strike an embankment.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Capital Region Hospital for treatment.

 

MSHP RELEASES LABOR DAY HOLIDAY STATISTICS

Five people died in traffic crashes, one person died in a boating crash, and one person drowned during the 2022 Labor Day holiday weekend. The Patrol investigated four of the traffic fatalities; Springfield Police Department investigated one traffic fatality. The 2022 counting period for the Labor Day holiday was from 6 p.m., Friday, September 2, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 5. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following enforcement activity during 2022 Labor Day holiday:

MSHP Traffic Statistics (preliminary):

Crashes
 ¯ 276
Injuries
 ¯ 97
Fatalities
 ¯ 4
DWI
 ¯ 113
Drug Arrests
 ¯ 55

MSHP Boating Statistics (preliminary):

Crashes ─ 7
Injuries ─ 3
Fatalities ─ 1
 
BWI ¯ 5
Drownings
  1
Drug Arrests
 ¯ 8 

Troopers investigated four of the five fatal traffic crashes over the 2022 Labor Day holiday weekend. Springfield Police Department investigated one traffic fatality. One fatal traffic crash each occurred in the Troop D, Springfield, MO, Troop E, Poplar Bluff, MO, and Troop G, Willow Springs, MO, areas. Two traffic fatalities occurred in the Troop F, Jefferson City, MO, area. The boating fatality occurred in Camden County on the Lake of the Ozarks, which falls in the Troop F area. The drowning occurred in Ozark County in the White River in the Troop G, Willow Springs area. 

 

 




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September 6, 2022

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man from Barry, IL was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:45pm Monday in Montgomery County.  31 year old Jacob Wiegand was riding his motorcycle on MO 94 and traveling too fast for conditions when it ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT AFTER FLEEING FROM POLICE SUNDAY NIGHT

An O’Fallon driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Callaway County.  The report states that 36 year old Sean Kleeschulte was on Highway 94 when he fled from a traffic stop and subsequently crashed.  He was taken into custody and released for medical attention at University Hospital in Columbia.  

 

TEEN HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A Jefferson City teen was hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in Cole County.  18 year old Isabella Stewart was on US 54 when her car began sliding clockwise before traveling off the right side of the road, overturned onto the driver side and struck a tree with its rear bumper.  The teen sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 




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MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Mokane man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:50pm Saturday in Callaway County.  20 year old Blake Lister was riding his scooter on the Katy Trail at Callaway County Road 455 when it struck a traffic barrier and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

TEEN HURT IN ONE-VEHICLE WRECK

A Linn teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Osage County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Joshua Grellner was on Route U when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and a tree.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

A driver from Iberia, MO was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in Miller County.  19 year old Kale Onstott was on Highway 42 when his truck ran off the left side of the road, struck a fence, a tree and overturned.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




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September 2, 2022

 

NECAC HAS FUNDING FOR UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Requests for utility assistance are rising as fast as bills, but one area organization has an answer.  The North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has about $700,000 in funding available to help qualifying residents of 12 Missouri counties with their energy costs.

A recent study by the National Energy Assistance Directors Association found that one in six American households is behind on utility payments.  In addition to seeking help from NECAC, households are urged to talk with their utility provider before the debt becomes large and to cut energy consumption where possible.

NECAC is accepting utility assistance applications online or in person at its service centers.  The monthly income limit for a one-person household is $2,211. For a four-person residence, it’s $4,252.  Additional amounts are available upon request.  So far this year, 8,552 applications have been registered, which is up 1,746 from the same period on 2021.

More information is available by calling 573-324-0120 or by contacting a NECAC County Service Center.

 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM DRAFT GUIDELINES AND SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE

The Department of Economic Development (DED) is requesting public feedback on its proposed Small Business Grant Program, funded via the State of Missouri’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  The $10M program provides assistance to small businesses through reimbursements for expenses resulting from the negative economic impacts experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic from March 3, 2021 through the application date.

The Public Input Survey linked below will assist DED in creating the Small Business Grant Program Guidelines, including minimum and maximum awards, eligible applicants, and funding priorities.

The Public Input Survey is open now, and you may provide input until 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2022.  If you are unable to submit comments online, you may submit comments by contacting DED at 573-751-4962. Complete information is available on DED's ARPA community and business development webpage

 

 




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September 1, 2022

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATED ASSAULT NEAR BROWN STATION ROAD & SHERWOOD DRIVE INTERSECTION TUESDAY

Columbia Police detained a male juvenile, of Columbia, for a reported assault on two other juveniles Tuesday morning. The juvenile suspect was detained on the charges of two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of fourth-degree assault. At approximately 7:20 a.m. Tuesday morning,  Police were dispatched to the area of Brown Station Road and Sherwood Drive in response to a report of an assault on students during a school bus stop. No weapons were involved. Officers located the juvenile suspect at approximately 10:20 a.m. not far from the scene of the incident. The suspect was remanded to the custody of the Boone County Juvenile Office and released to his parents.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

This report covers the period 08/19/2022 – 08/25/2022

·   On August 19, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Bellflower area. Deputies reported, upon making contact with the driver, smelling a strong odor of intoxicants. The driver agreed to the standard field sobriety test and reportedly failed. The driver was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charged with Failing to Drive on the Right Half of the Roadway and Driving While Intoxicated.

·   On August 19, 2022, Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Montgomery City area for displaying license plates of another vehicle. During the course of the stop, K9 Justice was deployed to search the perimeter of the vehicle which resulted in seizure of methamphetamine and a pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. The driver was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges were filed for Displaying License Plates of Another Vehicle, No Proof of Vehicle Insurance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

·   On August 20, 2022, Deputies observed an individual driving a vehicle who they knew had a suspended driver’s license. Deputies stopped the vehicle in the Montgomery City are off of Highway 161. Deputies made contact with the driver and during the course of the stop, consent was given to search the vehicle. Deputies located and seized a jar containing methamphetamine. The driver was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges were filed for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

·   On August 21, 2022, Deputy Hunter responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the passing lane on west Interstate 70 near the 182 mile marker. While responding Deputy Hunter received information that the vehicle was involved in an accident, left the scene of that accident, and crashed into the median wall, approximately 1/4 mile west of the original accident scene. Deputy Hunter located the suspect vehicle and upon approach he reported smelling a strong odor of burnt marijuana and observed the driver swaying in his seat with his eyes closed. The driver was later identified as Douglas R. Beeson, a 31 year old man from Wright City, Missouri. Deputy Hunter startled Beeson when he knocked on the window to check and see if he was okay. Deputy Hunter advised he suspected Beeson was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. While attempting to shift the vehicle into reverse, Beeson yelled through the window that he was leaving. Deputy Hunter told Beeson that he was not free to leave and ordered him to stop. Beeson stopped and with both hands, started reaching for something between the driver’s seat and center console. Deputy Hunter opened the vehicle door, told Beeson to stop reaching, and to exit his vehicle. Beeson failed to comply and began to dig for something in his center console. Deputy Hunter grabbed Beeson’s arm and cuffed his left wrist. Beeson used his foot to kick Deputy Hunter away as he was trying to pull him out of the vehicle. Deputy Hunter deployed his Taser but one prong missed. Beeson turned and grabbed Deputy Hunter’s Taser and tried to pull it out of his hands. Deputy Hunter pulled Beeson out of the vehicle and tried to gain control. Once out of the vehicle Beeson continued to resist and struck Deputy Hunter in the head and face numerous times. Deputy Hunter’s Taser fell to the ground, Beeson grabbed for the Taser, and Deputy Hunter broke away and drew his service weapon. Shortly thereafter, assistance arrived and Beeson was taken into custody. Beeson was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Beeson was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and charges were filed for Operating a Vehicle without a Valid Driver's License, Drive While Intoxicated, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Assault LEO, and Resist/Interfere with an Arrest. Deputy Hunter received minor injuries during this incident. Beeson is currently being held in the jail on multiple no bond warrants. Beeson has been previously charged with Resisting Arrest x 4 and Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer x 2.

Calls for the Week :

· Assist Warren County

· Motorist Assist – I 70

· Animal Complaint – Jonesburg

· Violation of Full Order Protection - High Hill

· 911 Accidental – High Hill

· 911 Accidental – Montgomery City

· Courtesy Ride – Bellflower

· Suspicious Activity – Bellflower

· Fire – I 70

· Civil Stand by – Middletown

· Special Assignment – Montgomery City

· 911 Accidental – Montgomery City

· Information – Montgomery City

· Information – Montgomery City

· Assist MSHP

· Special Assignment – Montgomery City

· Unwanted Subject – High Hill

· Medical – High Hill

· 911 Accidental – Unknown

· C & I – I 70

· 911 Accidental – Jonesburg

· Medical – Montgomery City

· Information – Montgomery City

· Information – Montgomery City

· Information – Montgomery City

· Abandoned Vehicle – Montgomery City

· Burglary – New Florence

· Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

· Suspicious Vehicle – Jonesburg

· Pedestrian Check – New Florence

· Traffic Hazard – I 70

· Motorist Assist – I 70

· Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

· Disturbance – Jonesburg

· Trespassing – Jonesburg

· 911 Open Line – I 70

· Public Service Request – Jonesburg

· Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill

· Disturbance – Middletown

· Citizen Assist – Jonesburg

· Child Custody Dispute – Montgomery City

· 911 Accidental – Bellflower

· Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City

· Traffic Hazard – New Florence

· C & I – I 70

· Attempt to Contact – High Hill

· 911 Accidental – High Hill

· Public Service Request – Wellsville

· School Visit – Montgomery City

· 911 Accidental – New Florence

· School Visit – Jonesburg

· Arrest – Montgomery City

· Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence

· Fraud – New Florence

· Suspicious Activity – New Florence

· Civil Matter - Wellsville

· Assist Warren County K-9 Search

· Assist Jail

· Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

· Special Assignment – Bellflower

· Suspicious Activity – Bellflower

· 911 Accidental – Jonesburg

· Suspicious Activity – Bellflower

· 911 Accidental – New Florence

· Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

· Motorist Assist – I 70

· Check Well Being – Jonesburg

· Information – Unknown

· Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

· Suspicious Vehicle – Rhineland

· Ed Neglect – Jonesburg

· Stealing – Bellflower

· Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

· Suspicious Person – Montgomery city

· Disturbance – Jonesburg

· Suicidal Subject – Rhineland

· Public Service Request – Wellsville

· Information – New Florence

· Disturbance – Montgomery city

· Motorist Assist – I 70

· Check Well Being – Montgomery City

· Disturbance – Montgomery city

· Violation Ex-parte – New Florence

· Driving While Intoxicated - Bellflower

· Possess Control Substance - Montgomery City

· Possess Control Substance - Montgomery City

· Assault on LEO – High Hill

· Possession of a Controlled Substance – High Hill

· Verbal Dispute - Jonesburg

· Warrant Arrest – Montgomery City

· Fraud - Montgomery County

· Failing To Register Motor Vehicle - Montgomery County

· Assisted Warren County (K9 Search)--Truesdale

· Attempted Stealing - Bellflower

· Mental Health - Jonesburg

· Death Investigation - Rhineland

· Threats Investigation - Wellsville

 




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August 31, 2022

 

MURDER SUSPECT MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE

The man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a senior student and football player at Central Methodist University in Fayette was in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty. The lawyer for 23 year old Kundarrius Taylor of Fayette claimed the shooting of Torrance Evans was self-defense and tried to convince the judge that his client was not a danger to the community and should be released with electronic monitoring. Judge Mason Gebhardt was not convinced and ordered Taylor to be held without bond.

 

DED AWARDS MORE THAN $17 MILLION THROUGH THE COMMUNITY  DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM TO 40 COMMUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

The Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced it will award more than $17 million to 40 communities through its Community Development Block Grant Program to assist with various improvement projects.

“Strong infrastructure is fundamental to the wellbeing of our state and every Missourian,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Whether through repairing roadways or improving public safety, the Community Development Block Grant program is improving lives statewide. We’re always proud to make investments that help ensure communities have solid foundations for success.”

Funded projects include street and roadway repairs, stormwater and drainage improvements, demolition of dilapidated structures, and construction of new public facilities.

For the latest updates on DED’s current or future programs and initiatives, visit DED’s website.

 

 




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August 30, 2022

 

INCLUDE SAFETY IN YOUR PLANS FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to plan for a safe 2022 Labor Day weekend. Whether you are on the water or on the road, it’s everyone's responsibility to travel safely and observe all Missouri laws. 
As you plan your Labor Day weekend, incorporate safety into every facet:

· choosing your route, 
· making sure your equipment is in good working condition, 
· being aware of and following Missouri's traffic and boating laws, 
· driving your vehicle or vessel courteously, and 
· wearing a seat belt or a life jacket.


Help ensure a safer Labor Day weekend for everyone. 

In Missouri, 11 people died and 458 were injured in 1,124 traffic crashes over the 2021 Labor Day holiday. This means one person was killed or injured every 10 minutes. Troopers arrested 109 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.

The Labor Day holiday is also a busy boating weekend. In 2021, there were nine boating crashes which included one fatality and four injuries. There were no drownings over last year's Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested four people for boating while intoxicated during last year's counting period.

The 2022 counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2022, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2022.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways and waterways. Troopers on the roadways will be enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and impaired driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists. 

Marine enforcement troopers will be working to make our waterways safer during the holiday weekend. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating a vessel. Remember: Smaller vessels should yield right-of-way to larger vessels. Boaters should avoid overloading their boat with too many passengers and always pay close attention to the boats around them. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Life jackets save lives. Wear one when you are on or around water.

Never operate a vehicle or vessel while you are impaired. Alcohol affects your judgement, reaction time, vision, coordination, and comprehension. The movement of the boat, vibration and noise from the boat’s motor, sun, and wind are all boating stressors and enhance the effect of alcohol on your body. If alcohol is part of your water activities, drink responsibly, and never operate a vessel if you’ve consumed alcohol.

The public is encouraged to call the Patrol's Emergency Report Line (800) 525-5555 or *55 on your cellular phone if they witness criminal activity or experience an emergency. These emergency numbers are operational for both highway and water emergencies. If your celebration includes alcohol, designate someone else to drive whether you are in your boat or your car. Please don't become a statistic.

 

MDC MANAGED WATERFOWL RESERVATIONS FOR FALL OPEN SEPT. 1

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces its managed waterfowl hunts for this hunting season. The pre-season reservation period will run Sept. 1-18 with results posted Oct. 1. The in-season weekly drawings will take place on Monday afternoons with a seven-day application period that opens the Tuesday before and closes the Monday of the draw at 3 p.m.

Missouri residents and qualifying non-residents, such as students from out of state or members of the military stationed in Missouri, can apply online for a reservation to guarantee them an opportunity to hunt on a specific day on a specific area. Residents and nonresidents can also arrive at a managed waterfowl hunting area the morning they wish to hunt and wait in line for the possibility of getting a hunting spot.

Applicants for waterfowl reservations must have their required permits to apply, and their Federal Duck Stamp to hunt.

MDC offers managed waterfowl hunting on more than a dozen conservation areas specially managed with a focus on wetlands. Hunters can apply for a reservation or participate in a daily morning drawing for opportunities to hunt at these areas. MDC also offers waterfowl hunting on other conservation areas. In addition to MDC areas, Missouri offers waterfowl hunting opportunities at numerous other public and private locations around the state.

For this fall, MDC’s waterfowl reservation system will offer 50 percent of daily hunting positions for the managed-hunt areas through online reservations. Of the 50 percent of spots through online reservations, half will be for pre-season applications and half will be allocated during a weekly in-season application period. The remaining 50 percent of spots will be held for hunters who participate in the daily morning drawing and wait in the “poor line” for the possibility of getting a hunting spot.

Successful pre-season and in-season reservation applicants will be notified after their respective draws via email or text message with their hunt date, location, and pill assignment. “Pills” designate the order hunting parties select their hunting locations on the area. The lower the number, the sooner hunting parties get to select their hunting location.

Only one member from each hunting party will be allowed to have a staff member pull a pill for their respective party. Residents and nonresidents can hunt with a reservation holder and hunting parties are limited to a maximum of four people.

MDC also notes that hunters with disabilities will apply to use ADA hunting blinds through the online reservation system during the same timeframe as the preseason application period. ADA blinds that are not selected and allocated during the preseason drawing will be placed in the weekly in-season draws.

For more information, visit MDC online at mdc.mo.gov and search Waterfowl Reservations, visit the Waterfowl Reservations page directly at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/waterfowl/managed-hunts-waterfowl/waterfowl-reservations, or get a copy of MDC’s 2022-23 Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Digest, available online from MDC and where permits are sold.

 




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August 29, 2022

 

ROUTE M IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENTS

Weather permitting, on Monday MoDOT crews will be performing culvert replacements on Route M in Montgomery County. The road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to County Road 421 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

WRIGHT CITY MAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES

On August 21 Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Hunter responded to a report of a vehicle parked in the passing lane on west Interstate 70 near the 182 mile marker. While responding Deputy Hunter received information that the vehicle was involved in an accident, left the scene of that accident, and crashed into the median wall, approximately 1/4 mile west of the original accident scene. Deputy Hunter located the suspect vehicle and upon approach, he reported smelling a strong odor of burnt marijuana and observed the driver swaying in his seat with his eyes closed. The driver was later identified as Douglas R. Beeson, a 31 year old man from Wright City, Missouri. Deputy Hunter startled Beeson when he knocked on the window to check and see if he was okay. Deputy Hunter made contact and suspected Beeson was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol. While speaking with Beeson, Beeson told Deputy Hunter he was leaving as he was shifting the vehicle into reverse. Deputy Hunter told Beeson that he was not free to leave and ordered him to stop. Beeson stopped and with both hands, started reaching for something between the driver’s seat and center console. Deputy Hunter opened the vehicle door, told Beeson to stop reaching, and to exit his vehicle. Beeson failed to comply and began to dig for something in his center console. Deputy Hunter grabbed Beeson’s arm and cuffed his left wrist. Beeson used his foot to kick Deputy Hunter away as he was trying to pull him out of the vehicle. Deputy Hunter deployed his taser but one prong missed. Beeson turned and grabbed Deputy Hunter’s taser and tried to pull it out of his hands. Deputy Hunter pulled Beeson out of the vehicle and tried to gain control. Once out of the vehicle Beeson continued to resist and struck Deputy Hunter in the head and face numerous times. Deputy Hunter’s taser fell to the ground, Beeson grabbed for the taser, and Deputy Hunter broke away and drew his service weapon. Shortly thereafter, assistance arrived and Beeson was taken into custody. Beeson was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Beeson was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and charges were filed for Operating a Vehicle without a Valid Driver's License, Driving While Intoxicated, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Assault LEO, and Resisting Arrest. Deputy Hunter received minor injuries as a result of this incident. Beeson is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail on multiple warrants with no bond. Beeson has been previously charged with Resisting Arrest x 4 and Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer x 2. Beeson is currently on Probation and Parole for Assault.

 

FAYETTE SHOOTING THURSDAY NIGHT

Fayette Police responded to a house in Fayette Thursday night after a report of a shooting and found a man dead inside the house that was identified as Torrance Evans, a CMU Senior. His roommate, Kundarrius Taylor, 23 has been charged with first degree murder in the case and is being held without bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday. Authorities said an argument between the two men, turned into a confrontation and Taylor reportedly shot Evans two times. Both men are from the Memphis, Tennessee area. Evans was an offensive lineman for CMU’s football team and a senior this year. Taylor had been a CMU student and was attempting to regain admission according to reports.

 

 




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August 25, 2022

 

NIGHTTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-70 AT HIGH HILL

On Wednesday & Thursday, weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s contractor will complete the final stages of repairs on Interstate 70 at the High Hill exit, located at mm 180, after the overpass was hit by a tractor trailer in June. 

This work will include guardrail installation and barrier removal.  Crews will work with nighttime lane closures beginning each evening at 8:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning.  Work is scheduled to begin with a lane reduction on eastbound I-70, which will reopen as work progresses to the westbound lanes.  All ramps and the overpass/bridge at Route F/High Hill interchange will remain open to traffic. 

 

4 PEOPLE TRANSORTED TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING BOONE COUNTY CRASH

A head-on crash on Highway 124 north of Columbia Tuesday night sent 4 people to the hospital. According to online dispatch records, firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District were dispatched to the crash at 8:30 p.m. near Highway NN. Boone County Joint Communications said the road reopened to traffic around 10:50 p.m. One of the vehicle drivers, a female, had serious injuries and was flown to an area hospital for treatment. That vehicle also had two juvenile passengers who were transported to the hospital by ambulance along with the male driver of the other car.

 

HANNIBAL MAN EJECTED FROM MOTORCYCLE

The Highway Patrol reports a Hannibal man escaped serious injuries when he was ejected from his motorcycle shortly after 2:30 Tuesday afternoon in Marion County. It happened at Veterans Road at County Road 412 in Hannibal. 37 year old Collin Johnston was northbound and swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle. The motorcycle overturned and ejected the operator. Johnston had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

 

LAWSUITS CONNECTED TO TRAIN DERAILMENT IN JUNE ALLOWED TO PROCEED

Following arguments in a virtual court hearing recently, Judge Terry Tschannen ruled that lawsuits filed in connection with the train derailment that killed 4 people near Mendon may continue. KMBC reports that the company that owned the dump truck the train crashed into filed motions to pause the lawsuits. That company, MS Contracting of Brookfield cited the ongoing National Transportation Board investigation. The company said representatives cannot comment until that investigation is complete. Judge Terry Tschannen ruled that all sides involved could still exchange information outside of the NTSB's purview. Judge Tschannen also wrote in his ruling that the parties could ask for certain restrictions on discovery in the case. He also said while the court recognizes that certain information may be delayed from disclosure arising from the NTSB investigation, the court is confident that the movants' interests can be sufficiently protected through discovery objections, protective orders, and the liberal allowance of amended pleadings in the proper circumstance. The June 27th derailment near Mendon happened when an Amtrack Passenger train crashed into an MS Contracting truck driven by Billy Barton at the track crossing. Barton was killed, along with three others on the train.

 

 




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August 24, 2022

 

NEW DETAILS REGARDING COLUMBIA HOMICIDE SATURDAY

As we told you Monday morning, a Holts Summit man and a Kirksville man are the two suspects being held without bond in a weekend murder in Columbia. New information was revealed when authorities indicated in court documents that 22 year old Joshua Dudley, of Kirksville admitted that he drove to Columbia with 22 year old Loyal Martell, of Holts Summit to meet the victim in a grocery store parking lot, where they planned to rob the man. Police identified Dudley’s car from security video from the store and Kirksville Police soon located the car at Dudley’s residence on Surburban Drive in Kirksville. Dudley was arrested late Saturday night at his residence by the Kirksville Police Department’s Special Response Team. Dudley told Police Martell was the one who fatally shot the 22 year old victim from Columbia who died in the parking lot. Martell has been charged with 1st degree murder and Dudley has been charged with 2nd degree murder. Both men also face several other felony charges as well as a result of the homicide.

 

RESIDENTIAL FIRE IN MEXICO FRIDAY

This past Friday, August 19th at 2:39 pm, the Mexico Department of Public Safety was called to the 700 block of North Washington regarding a residential fire.  The first arriving officers were notified of smoke in the front bedroom.  The fire was extinguished with moderate damage to the bedroom, and light smoke throughout the home. The fire appeared to have been started at a power strip. There were no injuries.

 

ST. CHARLES COUNTY MAN ADMITS PANDEMIC LOAN FRAUD

A man from O’Fallon, Missouri last Wednesday admitted fraudulently obtaining a $54,900 loan meant to aid businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. David Smiley, 39, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White to a wire fraud charge. Smiley admitted that on July 8, 2020, he fraudulently sought and later obtained a $54,900 Economic Injury Disaster Loan through the federal Small Business Administration. Smiley lied about the existence of a company, falsified that company’s gross revenue and falsely claimed that 13 employees worked there, his plea agreement says. He also listed his personal checking account as the business bank account. Smiley admitted using the money for car payments, private school payments, to repair a Cadillac Escalade SUV and for cryptocurrency. FBI investigators obtained and executed a seizure warrant on July 6, 2021, recovering $25,000 from Smiley’s checking account. He was indicted a month later. The wire fraud charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. Smiley is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 16th. The FBI investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Derek Wiseman is prosecuting the case.

 

 




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August 23, 2022

 

GOOD TURNOUT FOR ANNUAL TRACTOR CRUISE

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports a great turnout for the Annual Tractor Cruise through parts of Montgomery County.  The weather was nearly perfect for the annual event.  The cruise left the fairgrounds around 9am last Thursday and stopped for a break at the Hopewell Baptist Church.  From there the cruise stopped for lunch at the Lehnen Farm off of Hwy PP.  After lunch the cruise stopped at the Bethel Church and eventually they made a full circle back to the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Montgomery City.

 

TWO MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO HOMICIDE ON SATURDAY IN PARKING LOT OF COLUMBIA GROCERY STORE

Columbia Police say two men have been arrested in connection to a homicide that occurred Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of a Columbia grocery store.  Loyal Martell, 22, of Holts Summit, was arrested for first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Martell was taken into custody with the help of the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Fulton Police Department and the Holts Summit Police Department.  Joshua Dudley, 22, of Kirksville, was arrested for second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. Dudley was taken into custody with the help of the Kirksville Police Department. Both Martell and Dudley are being held at the Boone County Jail. The arrests are in connection to an incident that occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 20 when Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 900 block of North Keene Street. Upon arrival officers located an adult male victim with apparent gunshot wounds, later identified as Shavez Avieon Waage, 22, of Columbia. Officers attempted to provide medical aid however, the victim was already deceased. Columbia Police also said this is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652.

 

NEW COMMANDING OFFICER FOR TROOP F IN JEFFERSON CITY

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following transfer:

Captain Jason N. Crites, director of the Research and Development Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, is being named commanding officer and transferring to Troop F, Jefferson City, effective September 1, 2022.

Crites joined the Patrol as a member of the 75th Recruit Class on February 1, 1998. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Zone 7, Howard & Cooper counties. Crites transferred to Troop E, Zone 9, New Madrid/Pemiscot counties, in February 2001. He transferred to Zone 8, New Madrid/Pemiscot counties, in September 2003. Crites was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Troop E, Zone 8, in August 2009. He remained in this zone after being promoted to sergeant and designated zone supervisor in December 2012. In February 2015, Crites was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Troop F Headquarters, Jefferson City, MO. He was promoted to captain and designated director of the Research and Development Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, in January 2020.

 




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August 22, 2022

 

MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man from Portland, MO was injured in an accident that occurred at 1:30am Sunday in Callaway County.  40 year old David Summers was riding his dirt bike on 8077 Route D when he lost control and it overturned.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING INCIDENT   

A man and a woman were seriously injured in an early Sunday morning incident in Pike County.  The patrol says that 44 year old Anthony Foulon of Annada, MO was on his motorcycle traveling eastbound on Highway H when a deer entered the roadway into the path of his motorcycle and it struck the deer.  The man and his passenger 46 year old Peggy Smith of Elsberry were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

GOVERNOR’S COST-SHARE PROGRAM TO GENERATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

The Missouri General Assembly in the last legislative session appropriated $75 million to the departments of transportation and economic development for the Governor’s Transportation Cost-Share Program, aiming to build partnerships with local entities to deliver road and bridge projects. Guidelines and applications for the cost-share program are now available at modot.org/governors-transportation-cost-share-program.

The Governor’s Transportation Cost-Share Program provides financial assistance to public and private applicants for public road and bridge projects. The program matches up to 50% of the construction contract costs for selected projects.

Twenty percent of the funds will be set aside for projects that demonstrate economic development. MoDOT and DED will work with project sponsors to determine when projects may generate economic development, and the program may contribute up to 100% of the construction contract costs from the 20% set aside for these projects.

Applications may be submitted now – Sept. 30. Projects will be selected based on the following criteria:

Economic Impact

Transportation Need

Applicant’s Share of Total Project Costs

Project Readiness

MoDOT’s Cost-Share Committee, made up of MoDOT’s chief engineer, chief financial officer, assistant chief engineer and two director-appointed employees, along with DED staff will select projects with the greatest economic benefit to the state. These projects will then be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for approval. 

The Governor’s Transportation Cost-Share Program guidelines, application and rating matrix are available on MoDOT’s website at modot.org/governors-transportation-cost-share-program. 

 




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August 18, 2022

 

JULY 2022 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri non-farm payroll employment increased by 24,800 jobs from June 2022 to July 2022, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by three-tenths of a percentage point. Private industry employment increased by 10,500 jobs and government employment increased by 14,300 jobs. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.5 percent in July 2022, down from 2.8 percent in June 2022. Over the year, there was an increase of 52,500 jobs from July 2021 to July 2022, and the unemployment rate decreased by 1.8 percentage points, from 4.3 percent in July 2021 to 2.5 percent in July 2022. While the data is preliminary and subject to revision, the preliminary July 2022 unemployment rate of 2.5 percent is the lowest recorded seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Missouri since the data series began in 1976. The previous low was 2.8 percent in June 2022. The decrease is due to a decline of more than 18,000 in the civilian labor force, with both the number of employed and the number of unemployed down over the month. The labor force participation rate and employment-to-population ratios declined as well.     

 

SCHOOL BUSES, YOUNG DRIVERS, CHILDREN WALKING ... MUST BE TIME FOR STUDENTS TO RETURN TO SCHOOL!

August has arrived and with it the 2022-2023 school year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to encourage parents to include conversations about safety when preparing their student for school. It’s also important that drivers be prepared for the change in traffic patterns as students begin another year of instruction. In 2021, one person was killed and 217 injured in traffic crashes involving a school bus. In Missouri last year, 794 traffic crashes involved school buses. Troopers hope everyone will review these safety tips:

 

Motorists

Always be vigilant, but especially near school zones, playgrounds, bicycle paths, and crosswalks when schools are in session. Expect pedestrian and bicycle traffic to increase near schools on days where the weather is good. When schools are in session, drivers should expect a change in traffic patterns
  school buses, parents taking their children to school, and many young drivers will join other motorists on the road and affect the morning and afternoon commute. Whatever route you drive, expect this additional traffic and prepare by allowing extra time to reach your destination.

Missouri law states that on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus. However, it is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus. Drivers, when you see a stopped school bus, stay alert and follow the law. Children may not be aware of traffic and dart unexpectedly into the roadway.
 

Students

If you’re walking to school, stay alert! Cross the street at intersections or marked crosswalks and never between parked cars. Use sidewalks when they are available. If it is necessary to walk on the roadway, stay close to the left edge and step off to the left when traffic approaches. Never dash into the street after a friend or to retrieve something.

Riding a bicycle to school is a fun way to travel. If you’re riding your bike, be sure to wear a helmet and obey all traffic signs and signals. Ride as near to the right side of the roadway as is safe and use the proper hand signals when you plan to change directions, slow, or stop. Never carry passengers. Keep both hands on the handlebars except when signaling. It’s important to maintain your bicycle in good condition.

If you ride a school bus, check the weather and dress accordingly. Wait in line for the bus on the shoulder or sidewalk. Use the handrail when getting on or off the bus. Never try to retrieve items that fall under the bus and walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus when crossing the street. Sit quietly on the bus and keep the aisle clear. If anything goes wrong, stay calm and follow the instructions of the bus driver.
 

Most traffic crashes involving young drivers (under the age of 21) occur between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., when school typically lets out. Many of these drivers are young and inexperienced. Parents: It is important to encourage those young drivers to remember driving is a full-time job. Using a cell phone, texting, or adjusting the radio can be the distraction that leads to a traffic crash. Texting is against the law for anyone under the age of 22. 

 

Parents

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about riding a bus, walking, or driving to school in a safe manner. If they ride a bike, please make sure they wear a helmet and follow traffic laws. 

Please talk to your children about the Courage2ReportMO program, which provides a safe and confidential way to report any concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others. These concerns may include: assault, bullying/repeated harassment, cyber bullying, fighting, guns, homicide, human trafficking, knife, planned school attack, imminent school shooting, school shooting threat, sexual offense, suicide-other person (3rd party), or a terrorism threat (extremism). Those reporting their concerns may remain anonymous. C2R provides a “sooner is safer” tool to report real time concerns 24 hours a day. There are several ways concerned persons may submit a C2R report:

· through an Apple or Google Play Courage2Report mobile app, 
· by making an online report

Via http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/Courage2ReportMO/index.html, or 
· by speaking confidentially to a trained professional at 866-748-7047.


C2R Missouri calls and tips (web and mobile app) are answered 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by trained communications professionals. C2R Missouri requires a disposition report be returned on each tip report, notifying the Missouri State Highway Patrol of the outcome. For more information about C2R Missouri awareness and education resources, call the C2R Missouri Administrative Office at 866-362-6422.

 

 




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August 17, 2022

 

FULTON GUN INVESTIGATION LEADS TO FIREARM AND DRUG CHARGES

This past Monday at approximately 4:26 PM, the Fulton Police Department investigated a person with a gun. During the investigation, Officers located the suspect vehicle and during contact officers located approximately 48 grams of Methamphetamines, Oxycondone, Fentanyl, Marijuana, scales, baggies and two handguns. Police say one of the handguns contained a 30 round magazine which was loaded. Ehlannah Kaskus was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute and unlawful use of a firearm. She was released to jail staff pending bond from a judge. Another suspect, Royce Kemp, fled on foot from officers during the investigation. He is wanted by authorities for multiple felony warrants. Fulton Police were assisted by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol

 

COLUMBIA MAN APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO STATE HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION

This past Friday, August 12th Missouri Governor Parson appointed Brian Treece, of Columbia, to the State Highways and Transportation Commission along with one other individual from the Kansas City area. Treece recently served two terms as the Mayor of Columbia from 2016-2022. Additionally, he was just named Vice President of Strategy and Development of EquipmentShare. Mr. Treece has also been a partner of TreecePhillips, LLC since 2002. He has served as a member of various Boards and Commissions, including Regional Economic Development Inc., the Missouri Innovation Center, the Missouri Supreme Court's Drug Steering Committee, the I-70 Citizens Advisory Group, served as Chair of the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission, and as Chair of Columbia Downtown Leadership Council. Treece earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

MODOT BRINGS FREEDOM DRIVERS PROJECT TO MISSOURI STATE FAIR

The Missouri Department of Transportation is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to bring the Freedom Drivers Project traveling exhibit to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia beginning Aug. 18 and continuing through the end of the fair on Aug. 21. The exhibit will be located next to the Grandstand on the fairgrounds.

A first-of-its-kind mobile exhibit, the Freedom Drivers Project is a premiere tool in educating the public about the realities of domestic trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it. FMC Transport played an important role in bringing the trailer to the Missouri State Fair.

For more information about MoDOT’s efforts to “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking,” go to modot.org/fighthumantrafficking or contact the MoDOT Human Resources office at 573-526-7644.

 

 




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August 16, 2022

 

UPDATE: NIGHTTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-70 AT HIGH HILL

Due to the wet site conditions the following work has been rescheduled.

Next Wednesday & Thursday Aug. 24-25, weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s contractor will complete the final stages of repairs on Interstate 70 at the High Hill exit, located at mm 180, after the overpass was hit by a tractor trailer in June. 

This work will include guardrail installation and barrier removal.  Crews will work with nighttime lane closures beginning each evening at 8:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning.  Work is scheduled to begin with a lane reduction on eastbound I-70, which will reopen as work progresses to the westbound lanes.  All ramps and the overpass/bridge at Route F/High Hill interchange will remain open to traffic. 

 

SEMA HOSTS APPLICANT BRIEFINGS TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, NONPROFITS INCLUDED IN FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

Following the federal disaster declaration for flash flooding in the St. Louis region July 25-28, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency will conduct applicant briefings Tuesday and Wednesday for local government and nonprofit agencies applying for federal assistance for damage to roads, bridges and public infrastructure and emergency response costs.

SEMA strongly encourages all eligible agencies in Montgomery, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties and the City of St. Louis that plan to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to attend one of the two briefings  which explain program changes, eligibility information, the federal reimbursement process, documentation requirements and other essential program information. All Requests for Public Assistance (RPAs) must be submitted to FEMA within 30 days of the Aug. 8 disaster declaration date, or Sept. 7. Applicants should note that RPAs must first be received by SEMA, processed, and then submitted to FEMA by the September deadline, and to plan accordingly.

The authorized representative of each potential applicant should attend one of the briefings in order to register for Public Assistance. In-person applicant briefings also provide an opportunity to meet with FEMA personnel, get any questions answered and begin filling out required paperwork. Attendees should anticipate that the meeting can last up to 4 hours, and to bring the organization’s UEI number and Federal Employer Identification Number in order to register with FEMA in a timely manner.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 16

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 St. Louis Fire Department HQ

1421 North Jefferson Ave                                                        

St. Louis, MO 63106

 

Wednesday, Aug. 17

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

St. Charles Family Arena

2002 Arena Pkwy

St. Charles, MO 63303

 

For questions about the Applicant Briefings or the Public Assistance program, please call (573) 526-9378.

 

SEVERAL INJURED WHEN UTV OVERTURNED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

Troopers say several were injured in a UTV wreck on private property in Callaway County at 4pm Monday afternoon. It happened approximately 5 miles east of Fulton off of Route O.  43 year old Erik W. Skaggs of Denver, CO was traveling southbound in his UTV and as the vehicle traveled over a hill crest, it became air borne and overturned. The driver was transported to University Hospital in Columbia. A passenger, 30 year old Laci Haymart of Fulton sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital. Three other passengers, 30 year old Cassi Hoffman of Denver, along with a 15 year old male and an 8 year old male, both of Fulton all had minor injuries and received medical treatment at the scene.

 

 




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August 15, 2022

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department reports deputies on routine patrol stopped a vehicle on Highway E, near Highway JJ on Friday. As a result of that stop it was determined a passenger in the vehicle, 29 year old John A. Golden of Cuba, MO had an active warrant and was in possession of marijuana. K9 Justice was deployed to perform a search of the vehicle and alerted on the area between the passenger seat and center console where deputies located and seized 2 ounces of Methamphetamine. Golden, and the driver, 42 year old Jeremy L. Paul of Troy, MO were both arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail for Delivery/Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine).

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENTS ON ROUTE T IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Weather permitting, On Monday, MoDOT crews will be performing culvert replacements on Route T in Montgomery County. The road will be closed at Central Grove to West Prairie Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

EPA ACCEPTING CLEAN SCHOOL BUS REBATE APPLICATIONS UNTIL FRIDAY

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding school districts and eligible school bus operators and contractors of the August 19, 2022 deadline to apply for funding to begin replacing the nation’s fleet of school buses with clean and zero-emission buses. $500 million is available to eligible applicants in the first round of funding for the new Clean School Bus (CSB) program out of the unprecedented $5 billion investment for low- and zero-emission school buses over the next five years, secured through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allows EPA to prioritize certain applicants in the CSB Program. Applicants requesting funds to replace school buses that serve high-need school districts, low-income areas, rural districts, and Bureau of Indian Affairs funded school districts will be offered more funding per bus and receive preference in the selection process in the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates program. However, all eligible applicants, regardless of prioritization status, are strongly encouraged to apply.

EPA is committed to meeting and exceeding the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 goal that at least 40% of the benefits of certain government programs flow to disadvantaged communities. The Clean School Bus Program will strive to meet this commitment and advance environmental justice and equity considerations into all aspects of our work.

EPA is accepting rebate applications until 11:59pm Eastern time on August 19, 2022.

The Clean School Bus Rebates application is simple, does not require matching, and allows for funds to be awarded before the purchase of the buses. The first step potential applicants must complete is to verify they have an active registration within the System for Award Management (SAM.gov). When creating a SAM.gov registration, most applicants will use the Federal Assistance Awards Only. Please visit https://www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/online-rebate-application-information-clean-school-bus-program for more information on prerequisites for accessing the application.

 




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August 12, 2022

 

ASHCROFT ANNOUNCES 2022 MISSOURI STATE FAIR VISITS

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced his office will be involved in several activities and events during the 2022 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

 

August 14 – On Military Appreciation Day, Secretary Ashcroft will be participating in the “Show-Me Strong” ceremony inside the Mathewson Exhibit Center beginning at 2:00 p.m. supporting our service men and women. 

August 16- Secretary Ashcroft will be attending the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Missouri Farmers Care Food Day in the Lowell Center—helping pack food at 10 a.m. Following, Ashcroft will visit the Agriculture Building and stop by the Bee Keepers booth. Ashcroft will wrap up the morning at the Fire House, talking with firefighters at 11:40 a.m.

August 17 - On Senior Day, inside the Mathewson Exhibit Center, the Securities Division and Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library will have a booth set up to distribute literature and items promoting their services. During the evening, Secretary Ashcroft will attend a dinner and reception hosted by Governor Parson at the Nucor Director’s Pavilion at 5 p.m. 

August 18Secretary Ashcroft will attend the Governor’s Ham Breakfast, followed by a meeting with Missouri Corn Growers. Ashcroft will join a FFA Food Packing event at 10:30 a.m. before speaking with several groups including the Missouri Pork Producers, Agriculture Advisory Council, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Midwest Dairy Association.    

August 11 – 21 -The Missouri Secretary of State’s booth, located in the Agriculture Building, will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the entirety of the fair. 

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT LOCATES RIFLE BELIEVED STOLEN BY WANTED MURDER SUSPECT

KTVO’s John Garlock reports Investigators searching for a wanted murder suspect from Kirksville have located a rifle they believe the fugitive stole during a recent burglary. On Wednesday, Cpl. Justin Dunn with the Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO that law enforcement received a tip Tuesday from an acquaintance of Jesse Rongey about where they might find a .270 rifle stolen recently from a cabin west of Kirksville.

A team of officers was then sent out to look for the firearm. Dunn said they found it in a wooded area west of Youngstown Trail. The weapon was covered up with leaves, sticks and debris. The 38-year-old Rongey, from Kirksville, is wanted for the July 5, 2022, murder of Stephen Munn, 54, also of Kirksville. Dunn said the recovered rifle and a handgun were taken from the cabin. The stolen handgun has not been located. He said investigators believe Rongey is still in the heavily wooded area around where the murder happened. Thursday evening will be the two-week mark since the intense manhunt for the fugitive started. A U.S. Marshal told KTVO Tuesday that officers won't call off the search for Rongey until he is captured. Anyone with any tips that might help with the investigation is asked to call the Adair County Sheriff's Office via Adair County Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

07/29/2022 – 08/04/2022

 

·         On July 29, 2022, Deputies responded to the area of Highway E and Ashley road for a reported theft. The reporting party advised that a dark-colored vehicle had stopped at the intersections and removed the Ashley Road street sign. If you have any information about this case please contact the Communications Center at 573-564-3378 and ask to speak with a deputy.

·         On July 29, 2022, Deputies responded to a residence for a suicidal subject. It was reported that the resident was filling the house with natural gas and going sleep. Upon arrival deputies reported that all doors were locked and they were unable to make contact with the resident. Deputies forced entry into the house and located the resident on the kitchen floor. Deputies located the shut-off valve for the gas and began opening window to air out the house. EMS transported the resident to the hospital. Suicide ranks 12th in leading causes of death in the United States. If you are experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support call or text the Suicide Crisis hotline at 988.

·         July 30, 2022, Deputies responded to High Hill for a report of Stealing and Assault. Reporting party advised she had allowed a homeless friend stay at the address to help her out. The reporting party arrived home, on the above date, and observed the friend loading a truck with the reporting party’s property. The reporting party parked behind the truck and was looking for her phone to contact law enforcement when the friend got in the truck and started ramming the reporting party’s vehicle. The friend, was able to get around her vehicle and flee the scene. They are no longer friends.J This incident is currently under investigation.

·         On July 30, 2022, Deputies were patrolling Seven Up Road and observed a vehicle parked near the low water crossing. Upon making contact, the occupants advised they had ran out of gas. After further investigation, deputies arrested the female occupant who had active warrants for Driving While Intoxicated and Failing to Register a Motor Vehicle.

·         On July 30, 2022, Deputies responded to Bellflower in reference to a man harassing a ten-year-old boy and his family. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned this had been an ongoing issue with their neighbor. Deputies located the neighbor, who was in his swimming pool and still yelling at his neighbors. Upon contact, the male subject was instructed multiple times to exit the pool, but he refused. After being advised he was under arrest and needed to exit the pool the subject jumped out of the pool and began running towards the house. Deputies tased the male subject and after a short struggle, they effected the arrest. The subject was transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges of Harassment, Peace Disturbance, Assault, and Resisting Arrest.

Calls for the Week:

·  Assault- Montgomery City

·  ​Stealing - Jonesburg

·  ​Domestic - Montgomery County

·  ​Assault - High Hill

·  ​Warrant Arrest - Bellflower

·  ​Harassment - Bellflower

·  ​Tamper With Motor Vehicle - High Hill

·  ​Child Custody Dispute - Montgomery City

·  ​Acting Coroner - Wellsville

·  ​Verbal Domestic- Bellflower

·  ​Suspicious Activity - Montgomery City

·  Narcotic Activity – New Florence

·  Stealing – Jonesburg

·  Traffic Hazard – New Florence

·  Assault – Montgomery City

·  Trespassing – Bellflower

·  Suicidal Subject – Mineola

·  Abandoned Vehicle – Truxton

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·  C & I – Montgomery City

·  Suicidal Subject – Rhineland

·  Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·  Motorist Assist – I 70

·  Stealing – High Hill

·  Motorist Assist – I 70

·  Suspicious Person – Jonesburg

·  Disturbance – Truxton

·  Suspicious Person – Bellflower

·  Medical – Montgomery City

·  Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·  Animal Complaint – Jonesburg

·  Suspicious Vehicle – Wellsville

·  Suspicious Activity – Rhineland

·  Fire – Montgomery City

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence

·  C & I – I 70

·  Motorist Assist – I 70

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·  Check Well Being – Bellflower

·  C & I – Middletown

·  Suspicious Person - Wellsville

·  C & I – I 70

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – Rhineland

·  911 Open line – Bellflower

·  Civil Stand By – Middletown

·  Public Service Request – Jonesburg

·  Motorist Assist – Montgomery City

·  Suspicious Person – High hill

·  Motorist Assist – New Florence

·  C & I – I 70

·  C & I – Bellflower

·  Traffic Hazard – I 70

·  Public Service Request – High Hill

·  Pedestrian Check – I 70

·  Pedestrian Check – I 70

·  Pedestrian Check – New Florence

·  Motorist Assist – I 70

·  Pedestrian Check – Danville

·  Pedestrian Check – New Florence

·  911 Accidental – Middletown

·  Assist Audrain County

·  Medical – Wellsville

·  Domestic – Montgomery City

·  Disturbance – Montgomery City

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – Bellflower

·  Animal Complaint - Bellflower

·  Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·  Pedestrian Check – Jonesburg

·  Suspicious Vehicle – Danville

·  Trespassing – New Florence

·  Medical – New Florence

·  911 Accidental – Middletown

·  Found Property – Wellsville

·  Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill

·  Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·  Assault – Jonesburg

·  911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·  Disturbance – Bellflower

·  Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·  911 Accidental – McKittrick

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·  Medical – Jonesburg

·  Public Service Request – Jonesburg

·  911 Accidental – Rhineland

·  Stealing – Bellflower

·  Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·  Domestic – Montgomery City

·  Motor Vehicle Accident – Danville

·  Disturbance – Montgomery City

·  Suspicious Person – Wellsville

·  Alarm – Montgomery City

 

 

 




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August 11, 2022

 

UPDATE: NIGHTTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-70 AT HIGH HILL

Due to the wet site conditions the following work has been rescheduled.

Next Wednesday & Thursday Aug. 17-18, weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s contractor will complete the final stages of repairs on Interstate 70 at the High Hill exit, located at mm 180, after the overpass was hit by a tractor trailer in June. 

This work will include guardrail installation and barrier removal.  Crews will work with nighttime lane closures beginning each evening at 8:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning.  Work is scheduled to begin with a lane reduction on eastbound I-70, which will reopen as work progresses to the westbound lanes.  All ramps and the overpass/bridge at Route F/High Hill interchange will remain open to traffic. 

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROVES GOVERNOR PARSON’S REQUEST FOR FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION TO ASSIST ST. LOUIS REGION AFTER RECORD FLOODING

On Monday, President Joe Biden approved Governor Mike Parsons request for a major disaster declaration for Missouri in response to the severe flooding that impacted the St. Louis region from July 25 to July 28. The disaster declaration makes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Individual Assistance program available to eligible residents in the City of St. Louis, and St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Individual Assistance allows eligible residents to seek federal assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles, and other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding and storms. 

The federal disaster declaration also makes FEMA’s Public Assistance program available to the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, St. Charles, and Montgomery counties. The Public Assistance program allow local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies to seek federal assistance for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs for damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

Individuals who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding between July 25 and July 28, 2022 in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis and St. Charles counties may now apply for FEMA disaster assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA’s toll-free application line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Those affected by the flooding are encouraged to document losses, including photographing damage and retaining receipts. The faster Missourians register with FEMA, the faster they may be able to receive assistance.

The deadline for most individual assistance programs is 60 days following the President’s major disaster declaration.

 

MISSOURI VOTERS TO DECIDE ON LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced Tuesday that an initiative petition to place the question on the ballot has enough signatures and voters will decide in November. If approved, Missouri would become the 20th state to legalize recreational use. The ballot item would amend the Missouri constitution to remove state prohibitions for purchasing, possessing, consuming, using, delivering, manufacturing and selling marijuana for personal use for anyone over the age of 21. A registration card would be allowed for personal cultivation as well, with limits. If approved, the ballot question would also allow individuals with certain marijuana-related non-violent offenses to petition to be released from prison, parole or probation, and have records expunged. The ballot language states it would establish a lottery to award licenses and certificates, distribute licenses equally to each congressional district, and tax the sale of the retail price of marijuana at six percent. State government officials estimate initial costs of $3.1 million, initial revenue of at least $7.9 million, and annual revenues of around $40.8 million.

 

 




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August 10, 2022

 

COMMISSION AWARDS $29.3 MILLION TO IMPROVE RURAL ROADS IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

During its regular meeting on August 3, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded $29.3 million in contracts for projects covering 370 lane miles of resurfacing on rural roads in Northeast Missouri.

Contract information and project locations are as follows:

 

Awarded to Pace Construction Company, St. Louis, MO ($2.3M)

 

  • Montgomery/Lincoln County, Route T – From Missouri Route 161 in Montgomery County to Route O in Lincoln County (16.4 lane miles).
  • Montgomery County, Route MM – From Missouri Route 161 to the end of state maintenance (8.5 lane miles).
  • Warren County, Route CC – From Missouri Route 47 to the end of state maintenance (8.4 lane miles).
  • Warren County, Route N – From Missouri Route 47 to Missouri Route 94 (9.9 lane miles).

 

Awarded to Capital Paving and Construction, LLC , Jefferson City, MO ($1.8M)

 

  • Monroe/Randolph County, Route NN – From U.S Route 63 in Randolph County to Route Y in Monroe County (14.2 lane  miles).
  • Randolph County, Route P – From Route NN to U.S. Route 63 (12.7 lane miles).

 

Additional information, regarding timelines and impacts to traffic, will be released prior to the start of construction with all projects scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2023. These projects are included as part of Gov. Parson’s Rural Road program. The state’s approved Fiscal Year 2023 budget provided an additional $100 million in General Revenue for work on Missouri’s low volume rural roads. Using asset management data, MoDOT has identified approximately 1,700 lane miles of low volume roads ranked in Poor Condition.  By next summer, these 113 locations will receive resurfacing treatments of hot mix asphalt to improve the road conditions. For more information on the Governor’s Rural Roads Program, visit Governor's Rural Roads Program | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org).

 

RANAR SCREEN PRINTING EQUIPMENT TO RELOCATE TO UNION

RANAR Screen Printing Equipment, Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance screen printing equipment, has announced it will relocate to Union. The project will add 8 new jobs to a 23,000-square-foot facility used for warehousing, manufacturing, and research and development.

RANAR is coming to Missouri after more than 50 years of operation in southern California. In addition to adding new jobs, the company plans to make significant investments in new machinery and equipment. RANAR’s investment will ensure readiness for the company’s continued growth. The company plans to host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony in late 2022.

For this expansion, RANAR used the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. RANAR is participating in Rural Works, which requires a minimum creation of two jobs and a minimum capital investment of $100,000.

 

 




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August 9, 2022

 

HANNIBAL MAN SENTENCED ON GUN CHARGES

U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Clark on Monday sentenced a man from Hannibal who was caught with stolen firearms to five years and three months in prison. Hannibal Police and the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department were investigating the theft of firearms when they located Ronald Allen on on December 24, 2020 in a home in Hannibal. Officers found three stolen semi automatic pistols, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and more in the home according to Allen’s plea agreement. Two of the guns were stolen the night before on Ralls County and the other was stolen from Jefferson City, according to court documents. Allen, 46, pleaded guilty in April to being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Hannibal Police Department, the Rall’s County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives  investigated the case which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kourtney Bell.

 

GASCONADE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS ARREST

In the early morning hours of August 2nd, 2022, Gasconade County Deputies were dispatched to the 1900 block of Epple Road near Hermann for a report of a suspicious person. While enroute, another 911 call was received in the 1900 block of Epple Road reporting a burglary in progress. Gasconade County 911 reported the caller’s husband briefly had the male subject at gun point, but the subject fled on foot.  During the deputy’s investigation, they contacted several homeowners on Epple Road and Old Iron Road who reported their vehicles were broken into or rummaged through with items stolen. Video footage was obtained from one of the locations, and a suspect was shortly identified.  A search for the suspect resulted in the discovery of a black Nissan Sentra passenger vehicle on the property of Oak Haven Cemetery. The responding deputy immediately recognized the vehicle as being one he dealt with at the Roadside Park outside of Hermann the night before. During that interaction, the driver of the vehicle was identified as, Terry Buecker, 49-year-old male of Union, Missouri. The vehicle was impounded and the search for Buecker continued.  Gasconade County 911 received a call reporting a truck had been stolen from the 1400 block of Old Iron Road. Deputies were able to get a detailed description from the reporting party, which matched the description of Buecker.  Sheriff Scott Eiler observed the stolen pickup truck traveling South on Highway 19 near Liske Road. The truck was occupied with a male driver and female passenger. Sheriff Eiler and other deputies followed the vehicle into the Oak Haven Cemetery where Buecker and a female passenger were taken into custody without incident.  The female passenger was released at the scene and Buecker was transported to the Franklin County Jail pending warrant application.  On August 2nd, 2022, Gasconade County Prosecuting Attorney Mary Weston filed charges on Terry L. Buecker for Tampering with a Moter Vehicle – 1st Degree. Bond was set at $7,500.00 cash or surety. Additional charges will be filed at a later date once the investigation is completed.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

July 22, 2022 – July 28, 2022

  • On July 22, 2022, Deputies responded to a physical altercation at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Upon arrival, Deputies located one of the subject involved and discovered he had an active warrant for his arrest. While placing the subject under arrest, Deputies recovered a defaced .45 caliber handgun that was hidden in the subject’s waistband. The subject was transported to the Montgomery County Jail for the active warrant and charges were filed for Possession of Defaced Firearm.

  • On July 23, 2022, Deputies received information that someone posted a picture of a handgun on social media and threatened to shoot an individual if they were seen on the fairgrounds. Through the course of the investigation, Deputies were able to identify and locate the suspect. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Making a Terroristic Threat.

  • On July 26, 2022, Deputies responded to Jonesburg for a suspicious person behind Dollar General. Deputies located and made contact with the subject, who appeared to be highly intoxicated. The subject advised deputies she had nowhere to stay. Due to her level of intoxication, deputies took the subject into custody and placed her on a 12 hour protective custody hold. When an individual is taken into protective custody, they are released to a responsible party at any time, released when they become sober, or released at the end of 12 hours, whichever comes first.

  • On July 26, 2022, Deputies received an anonymous tip on the possible location of a stolen U-Haul truck. Deputies located the U-Haul in the Montgomery City area and confirmed it had been reported as stolen. The U-Haul was recovered and will be returned to the rightful owner.

  • On July 26, 2022, Deputies received information on the possible location of a stolen 2021 John Deere 35G Excavator and a 2021 Trailer Man trailer that we had been investigating since reported on June 30th. Through the course of the investigation we had received several tips on this stolen equipment and most recently, a possible location in Monroe County. The information received was relayed to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office who responded and located the equipment. Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies responded to the location and with the help of the original owner of the stolen property, both the trailer and the excavator were recovered. The investigation continues as we are still developing leads on all individuals believed to have been involved in stealing the equipment.

  • On July 27, 2022, Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a residence in Buell. The reporting party advised he caught an unknown female inside his neighbor’s house and currently had the subject held at gun point. Upon arrival, deputies arrested the subject who stated she was looking for things to buy. The subject was also found to be in possession of stolen checks. The subject was transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Burglary, Trespassing, and Forgery.

    Calls for the Week:

  • Suspicious Activity – New Florence

  • Violation Exparte – Montgomery City

  • Traffic Hazard – Bellflower

  • Assist Children’s Division – Wellsville

  • Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

  • Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

  • Pedestrian Check – Montgomery City

  • Investigation – Montgomery City

  • Civil Matter – Jonesburg

  • Investigation – I 70

  • Civil Stand-by – Montgomery City

  • Public Service Request – Montgomery City

  • 911 Open Line – Montgomery City

  • 911 Accidental – High Hill

  • Unwanted Subject – Montgomery City

  • Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

  • Disturbance – Montgomery City

  • Public Service Request – Jonesburg

  • C & I – Montgomery City

  • Disturbance – Montgomery City

  • Alarm – Montgomery City

  • Motorist Assist – I 70

  • Attempt to Contact – McKittrick

  • Suspicious Person – I 70

  • Information – McKittrick

  • Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City

  • 911 Accidental – Jonesburg

  • Check Well Being – Montgomery City

  • Suspicious Person – New Florence

  • Assist MSHP – Jonesburg

  • Motorist Assist – I 70

  • Traffic Hazard – I 70

  • Motorist Assist – I 70

  • Threats – High Hill

  • Traffic Hazard – I 70

  • Motorist Assist – I 70

  • Child Custody Dispute – Kirkwood

  • Domestic – New Florence

  • C & I – I 70

  • 911 Open Line – I 70

  • Missing Child/Person – Montgomery City

  • Trespassing – Montgomery City

  • Check Well Being – Middletown

  • Assist Children’s Division - Jonesburg

  • 911 Open Line – Bellflower

  • Suspicious Person – Bellflower

  • Medical – Bellflower

  • Assist Warren County – K9 Search

  • C & I – I 70

  • Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

  • Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

  • Motorist Assist – Bellflower

  • Motorist Assist – Montgomery City

  • Traffic Hazard – Wellsville

  • Motorist Assist – Wellsville

  • 911 Accidental – Bellflower

  • Leave Without Pay – New Florence

  • 911 Accidental – I 70

  • Public Service Request – Montgomery City

  • Information – Montgomery City

  • Stolen Vehicle – Perry

  • Information – Danville

  • Motorist Assist – Wellsville

  • Domestic – Montgomery City

  • Missing Child/Person – Middletown

  • Check Well Being – Jonesburg

  • Attempt to Contact – Montgomery City

  • Civil Matter – New Florence

  • Break In – Buell

  • Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

  • Public Service Request – Montgomery City

  • 911 Accidental – Hermann

  • Animal Complaint – Bellflower

  • Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

  • Investigation – Montgomery City

  • Medical – Rhineland

  • 911 Accidental – Montgomery City

  • Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

  • Check Well Being – Bellflower

  • 911 Accidental – Bellflower

  • Check Well Being – Bellflower

  • Civil Stand-by – Truxton

  • Public Service Request – Jonesburg

  • 911 Accidental Dial – I 70

  • Lost / Stolen Wallet - Montgomery County

  • Animal Complaint - Wellsville

  • Possession Defaced Firearm - Montgomery City

  • Make Terrorist Threat - Montgomery City

  • Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle - Montgomery City

  • Verbal Domestic - New Florence

  • Trespassing - Bellflower

  • Assist Warren County - Warrenton

  • Stealing - New Florence

  • Missing License Plate - Montgomery City

  • Recovered Stolen Vehicle - Montgomery City

  • 12 Hour Protective Custody Hold - Jonesburg

  • Trespass - 1st Degree - Montgomery City

  • Assist Other Agency - Middletown




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August 9, 2022

 

GOVERNOR MIKE PARSON AND FIRST LADY TERESA PARSON UNVEIL FIRST LADY’S OFFICIAL PORTRAIT TO BE DISPLAYED AT GOVERNOR’S MANSION

Last Friday, during an event at the Governor's Mansion, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson unveiled the First Lady's official portrait that will join 28 other portraits of Missouri First Ladies displayed on the first floor of the Governor's Mansion. 

The portrait was painted by Lisa Ober of St. Louis. The artist consulted with the First Lady to make certain the composition of the painting and the elements included represent what the First Lady wishes to convey about her tenure and service. The resulting portrait is an original hand-painted oil painting on canvas which measures 46" X 36", unframed. 

The portrait depicts the First Lady opening the door to the Governor’s Mansion, which she has coined “The People’s House," and welcoming visitors inside. There are also other hidden objects of significance within the piece:

"150" on the door lock for 150 years of the Governor's Mansion;

"200" in the fence for 200 years of Missouri statehood;

The royal blue dress representing Bolivar school's colors, the Governor and First Lady's hometown;  

"1985" on the door handle for when the Governor and First Lady were married;

SCH & KLP initials of the Governor and First Lady's children reflected off the front door;

"6" in the fence for the six grandchildren the Governor and First Lady share;

40 pearls on her necklace representing her 40 years in the banking industry; and

"57" in the tree branch as Governor Parson is Missouri’s 57th Governor.

First Lady Parson brings to her role the experience of being a mother, grandmother, businesswoman, volunteer, and advocate.  After working 40 years in the banking industry, the First Lady retired and continued serving her community. She has a special place in her heart for children and supports initiatives focused on them. 

The portrait was presented to the First Lady by Sue Heckart of Sedalia. The portrait was framed by the Gary R. Lucy Gallery in Washington, Missouri

 

EPA ANNOUNCES $8 MILLION IN GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR TRIBES AND INSULAR AREAS TO REPLACE DIESEL EQUIPMENT AND REDUCE HARMFUL EMISSIONS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to Tribal and certain Insular Area governments to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $8 million in Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (DERA) grants to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. The DERA program is prioritizing projects that help achieve the goals of President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to ensure that federal agencies deliver at least 40% of benefits from certain investments to underserved communities. Older diesel engines emit large amounts of NOx and PM2.5, which contribute to serious public health problems, including asthma, lung disease, and various other cardiac and respiratory diseases.

A total of $7 million will be made available to Tribal governments, or intertribal consortia, and Alaska Native Villages; and $1 million will be made available to Insular Area governments such as the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Matching funds are not required for eligibility for the program. These grants are specifically tailored to expand access to diesel emission reduction projects to those Tribal and Insular Areas with more limited resources. The DERA program has worked with Tribes to tailor the Tribal DERA competition to meet their specific needs.

Nearly eight million legacy diesel engines are in use in the United States, and emissions from these engines are a significant source of health problems. Problems that result from these engines include thousands of premature deaths, millions of lost workdays, and numerous other negative health impacts every year. The DERA program prioritizes projects in areas that face the most challenging air quality issues, especially those projects that benefit underserved communities or populations that have faced or are facing environmental health or environmental justice disparities.

Application packages must be submitted electronically to EPA through Grants.gov by October 26, 2022 to be considered for funding. Although funding for both Tribes and Insular Areas is being announced under this single Request for Application, the applications will be reviewed separately.

EPA will host several information sessions regarding this funding opportunity. Webinar links and dial-in information for the information sessions can be found at: www.epa.gov/dera/tribal-insulararea.

Funding Opportunity Information Sessions:

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)

 

 




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August 8, 2022

 

GOVERNOR PARSON REQUESTS FEDERAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE FOR HISTORIC FLASH FLOODING IN ST. LOUIS REGION

Governor Mike Parson has requested that the President issue a major disaster declaration to provide federal assistance in the City of St. Louis as well as St. Louis, St. Charles, and Montgomery counties in response to record flash flooding in the region.

Of 1,338 homes assessed, more than 750 had sustained major damage. The assessments, which were conducted by eight joint Preliminary Damage Assessment teams, including representatives from the State Emergency Management AgencyU.S. Small Business AdministrationFederal Emergency Management Agency, and local officials, also showed 131 of 206 businesses that were examined had sustained major damage.

Based on the joint assessments, Governor Parson has requested Individual Assistance for the City of St. Louis and St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Individual Assistance allows eligible residents to seek federal assistance with temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles, and other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding and storms. 

Joint assessments also determined more than $35 million in damage to uninsured infrastructure and emergency response costs were incurred in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, St. Charles, and Montgomery counties. If approved, Public Assistance would allow local governments and qualifying nonprofit agencies to seek federal assistance for reimbursement of emergency response and recovery costs, including repair and replacement costs for damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

 

EPA ISSUES STOP SALE ORDER FOR RAT POISON SOLD IN PLASTIC BAGS IN ST. LOUIS

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Wilson’s Pest Control to stop the sale and distribution of 10 unregistered and misbranded pesticides that EPA says are noncompliant with federal law and may represent a danger to consumers. 

On June 15, 2022, EPA inspectors discovered unlabeled, plastic zip-top baggies of rodent bait products and other improperly repackaged and mislabeled rodenticides offered for sale at Wilson’s Pest Control’s location at 2400 Grand Boulevard, St. Louis

Due to the potential for accidental poisonings, rodenticide poison products sold at consumer outlets have extensive labeling that describes directions for use, safety precautions, and how to seek medical attention for children and pets if unintentionally ingested. If used improperly, these products could cause poisoning to children, pets, or non-target animals. Further, rodent bait products typically contain an anticoagulant that interferes with blood clotting and death can result from excessive bleeding. 

In addition to the rodent bait products, EPA inspectors found other unregistered and misbranded pesticides, including products without required registration or proper labeling. 

In response to its findings, EPA issued a “Stop Sale, Use, or Removal Order” to Wilson’s Pest Control on July 5, 2022. The Order prohibits the distribution of repackaged pesticides identified as:

  • Contrac Ready-To-Use Place Pacs Meal rodenticide
  • Unlabeled green blocks of rodenticide
  • FINAL Ready-To-Use Place Pac Pellets rodenticide
  • Unlabeled red blocks of rodenticide
  • Talon G Bait Pack Mini-Pellets rodenticide
  • Unlabeled blue blocks of rodenticide
  • Unlabeled brown blocks of rodenticide
  • Wilson’s Pest Control Professional Growth Regulator
  • Professional Pest Control Concentrate
  • Wilson’s Termite & Carpenter Ant Control 

The Order applies to both Wilson’s Pest Control’s retail stores, located at 2400 Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, and 2616 Woodson Road, Overland, Missouri

If you have purchased any of the pesticides listed above from Wilson’s Pest Control, please contact your waste provider for disposal options.  

 

 




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August 4, 2022

 

NIGHTTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-70 AT HIGH HILL

Next Wednesday & Thursday, weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s contractor will complete the final stages of repairs on Interstate 70 at the High Hill exit, located at mm 180, after the overpass was hit by a tractor trailer in June. 

This work will include guardrail installation and barrier removal.  Crews will work with nighttime lane closures beginning each evening at 8:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning.  Work is scheduled to begin with a lane reduction on eastbound I-70, which will reopen as work progresses to the westbound lanes.  All ramps and the overpass/bridge at Route F/High Hill interchange will remain open to traffic.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

On Saturday, July 30 at approximately 8:22AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Jefferson Street railroad crossing in reference to a crash involving a train and a tractor-trailer.  Responding personnel found that 63 year old Mark Taylor of Belleville, IL, was operating a 2015 International semi-truck, delivering diesel fuel to the depot.  Taylor was attempting to turn around as a slow-moving train approached, but he stopped, leaving the back of the trailer near the edge of the tracks.  The train struck the trailer and pushed it about 100 feet before it came to rest. 

Audrain Ambulance District transported Taylor to University Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.  The train and tracks were inspected by railroad personnel and the crossings at Jefferson Street and Calhoun Street were opened around 12:38PM.  The diesel fuel was transferred off the trailer and the tractor-trailer was removed from the scene around 5:35PM.  Less than five gallons total of diesel fuel and gasoline were spilled as a result of the crash.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR 118TH RECRUIT CLASS

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply, and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 118th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on July 3, 2023. The application deadline is December 9, 2022.

To be eligible, candidates must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be 21 years of age upon graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Academy, troopers are eligible to earn 46 credit hours through Mineral Area College in Park Hills, MO, or 30 credit hours through the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO, toward a degree.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's uniform guidelines allow troopers to have tattoos or brands as long as they meet two requirements: 1) The tattoos or brands cannot depict or support criminal behavior, drug usage, nudity, profanity, promiscuity, subversive groups, bigotry, etc. 2) Tattoos/brands cannot be located on the head, neck, hands, wrists, or any part of the body which would be visible during movements in the performance of their duties while wearing an official uniform or civilian attire. Troopers with tattoos on the arms that would be visible in the class B uniform (short sleeves) will wear the class A uniform (long sleeves).


The starting annual salary for trooper is $53,328, and following three years of service, the trooper first class’ salary is increased to $56,208. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory retirement, career advancement, and more.

The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure including: written examination, a physical fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, background investigation, and oral interview board. Written and physical examinations take place in each troop area across the state. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, a psychological interview, drug screening, and final applicant review.

Interested persons can find out more about the qualifications by contacting a Patrol recruiter at telephone number 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online at www.motrooper.com.

 




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August 3, 2022

 

NIGHTTIME LANE CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR I-70 AT HIGH HILL

Wednesday & Thursday, weather permitting, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s contractor will complete the final stages of repairs on Interstate 70 at the High Hill exit, located at mm 180, after the overpass was hit by a tractor trailer in June. 

This work will include guardrail installation and barrier removal.  Crews will work with nighttime lane closures beginning each evening at 8:00 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. the next morning.  Work is scheduled to begin with a lane reduction on eastbound I-70, which will reopen as work progresses to the westbound lanes.  All ramps and the overpass/bridge at Route F/High Hill interchange will remain open to traffic.

 

THE NEW 557 AREA CODE IS COMING TO THE 314 AREA CODE REGION

The Missouri Public Service Commission reminds telephone customers in the current 314 area code that implementation of an overlay plan and the introduction of a new area code in the current 314 area code will occur later this month (August).

The new area code will be 557. All existing 314 area code customers will retain their current area code in the overlay area and their telephone numbers will not change.  The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) projected that telephone numbering in the 314 area code will exhaust in the third quarter of 2022.

The 314 area code serves communities such as, but not limited to, St. Louis, Overland, Bridgeton, Florissant, Webster Groves, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood and Sappington.

August 12, 2022 is the earliest date telephone numbers with a 557 area code will be activated and used within the 314 area code. The 557 area code will co-exist everywhere in this region with the 314 area code.

All local calls within this region must be dialed using ten digits rather than seven digits.

This area, along with many other areas throughout the nation, already requires ten digit local dialing (effective July 15, 2022) to accommodate the new 988 abbreviated dialing code for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

 

 

 

 




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August 2, 2022

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES FEMA TO PARTICIPATE IN DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS IN PREPARATION FOR FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION REQUEST FOR HISTORIC FLOODING

On Sunday Governor Mike Parson announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis, St. Charles, and Montgomery counties in response to record flash flooding in the region.

Joint PDA teams are made up of representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business AdministrationState Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management officials. To expedite the federal disaster process, SEMA experts in damage assessments from across the state have been assisting local teams in the region since July 27.

Eight teams will jointly verify documented damage in order to determine which federal programs can be requested to help support recovery. Those who have experienced flood- and storm-related damage should report it to their local emergency management agency if they haven’t already. Additional joint damage assessments can be conducted in more Missouri counties if additional information is documented locally.

On Tuesday, July, 26, Missouri issued Executive Order 22-05 in response to the severe flooding. The Order declared a State of Emergency in Missouri and activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions in order to provide assistance.

To assist families impacted by flooding and severe storms, several Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) have been organized in the St. Louis region by SEMA’s Emergency Human Services team, the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership (The Partnership), Missouri Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (MOVOAD), the St. Louis Area and St. Charles Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), local volunteer and faith-based organizations, and other state/local agencies. MARCs are one-stop shops that pull together recovery resources in communities impacted by disasters.

Four MARCs will take place this week, in Wentzville, Florissant, University City, and the City of St. Louis:

 

Tuesday, August 2

Element Church

100 Mall Pkwy, Unit 500 | Wentzville, MO 63385

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 3

John F. Kennedy Community Center

315 Howdershell Road | Florissant, MO 63031

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 4

Centennial Commons

7210 Olive Blvd. | University City, MO 63130

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

 

Friday, August 5

St. Louis City location TBD

 

An American Red Cross shelter is open for displaced survivors at the St. Vincent Community Center, 7335 St. Charles Rock Rd, St. Louis, MO 63133.

 

PILOT TRAVEL CENTERS TO PAY $121K PENALTY FOR ALLEGED CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS IN IOWA, MISSOURI AND NEBRASKA

Pilot Travel Centers LLC, the largest operator of truck stops in North America, has agreed to pay a $121,469 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) at 17 of its facilities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for years, Pilot violated the terms of CWA permits issued to those 17 facilities by discharging pollutants exceeding prescribed permit limits into streams. Two of those Pilot facilities, in Warrenton, Missouri, and Gretna, Nebraska, had the most serious pattern of violations, including consistently high levels of E. coli, ammonia, and other pollutants. Less significant violations took place at the other 15 facilities covered by the agreement, which are located throughout Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. Since EPA identified the violations, Pilot has taken steps to return all 17 facilities to compliance.

As part of the settlement, Pilot also agreed to conduct compliance audits at 20 of its other facilities in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. If the audits reveal additional violations of the CWA, Pilot must submit a plan to EPA to return to compliance and the company could be subject to additional penalties. The settlement is part of a nationwide effort by EPA to address CWA noncompliance at Pilot truck stops.

The Clean Water Act seeks to protect the nation’s water resources. Pollutants in stormwater and wastewater can violate water quality standards, pose risks to human health, threaten aquatic life and its habitat, and impair the use and enjoyment of waterways. Under the CWA, facilities are prohibited from discharging pollutants into water bodies, unless they are in compliance with a permit issued by EPA or an authorized state.

The penalty settlement with Pilot Travel Centers LLC is subject to a public comment period before it becomes final. Information on how to submit comments is available by clicking on the Public Notice links at: www.epa.gov/ks/region-7-table-clean-water-act-public-notices.

 

 




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August 1, 2022

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENTS ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing culvert replacements on routes in Montgomery County.

Route MM- August 8, the road will be closed at Shooting Star Road to Harby Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route MM- August 9, the road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to May Apple Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route T- August 10, the road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to Central Grove Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route T- August 11, the road will be closed at Central Grove Road to West Prairie Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

TROY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Troy woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:30pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  40 year old Leann Endsley was eastbound on I-70 when her car ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TWO MEN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

Two men were injured after their motorcycles collided Saturday night in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 65 year old Patrick Hirschinger of Auxvasse was riding his motorcycle on Route C when he slowed down and was struck in the rear by a motorcycle ridden by Jeffrey Iler of Mokane.  Both men were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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July 27, 2022

 

Heavy rains moved through much of the area during the overnight hours of Monday into Tuesday. Roads in Audrain County, Montgomery County and numerous others were closed and in many cases, motorists left stranded. The St. Louis area was especially hard hit with record breaking rainfall and flooding that for a time closed Interstate 70 which looked more like a river for a time. The Mexico area was no exception and Mexico Public Safety reports around 5:10AM on Tuesday,  several roads became flooded and impassable in the City of Mexico.  Green Boulevard just north of Breckenridge, Fairground just south of Lakeview, and Elmwood between Lakeview and Smiley Drive were all closed.  There was also a short amount of time that S. Clark, south of Boulevard was closed as well.  Four vehicles became stranded in the flooded roadways.  Mexico Public Safety also responded to a vehicle partially in a ditch in the 1100 block of Webster.  The driver of that vehicle missed a turn due to low visibility from heavy rain.  The occupants of all the vehicles were moved to safety and the vehicles were eventually towed from the various locations.  By about 8:00AM only Fairground Street remained closed and the water was receding.  There were no injuries from any of the incidents. Residents are reminded to use care and not drive over flooded roadways.  Two feet of running water can carry most cars.  Additionally, when a roadway is covered with running water you do not know the condition of the surface underneath. Some roads in the area remain closed due to high water. Travelers are encouraged to check the latest conditions of area highways at www.modot.org

COLUMBIA WOMAN & FOUR JUVENILES IN CUSTODY AFTER FULTON HOME INVASION

Tuesday at 12:10 pm, Fulton Police responded to a home invasion in progress on Kenwood Drive. A resident of the home being burglarized was able to call 911 and provide descriptions of the subjects involved and the vehicle they attempted to flee in. The vehicle was located a short distance away at which time 1 adult and 4 juveniles were taken into custody. A loaded firearm was discovered in the vehicle along with two “air-soft rifles”, marijuana, and items stolen from the residence. Skiasia Roland, 19 year old female from Columbia, MO was taken to the Callaway County Jail for charges of Burglary 1st Degree, Property Damage, Armed Criminal Action, Felony Stealing, and Assault 4th Degree. The 4 juveniles from the Columbia area were released to custody of Juvenile Authorities.  This investigation is still continuing. The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department assisted. 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOOKING FOR BEVIER, MO MAN

On Monday, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office posted on Social Media they are seeking assistance in locating a Bevier man. Nathan Waldo Greer, 31, is wanted for failure to appear on two original drug charges; those charges are possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana (methamphetamine) and possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less. Bond is set at $5,000 cash only. Anyone with information about this subject or his location is asked to contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062 or message them on Facebook or Instagram.

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST MAN FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE & TRAFFICKING DRUGS

This past Monday, Moberly Police Officers responded to the area of N. Morley and Taylor St in reference to a citizen complaint of someone driving poorly in the area.  Officers initiated a traffic stop near the 700 block of Vincil St and contacted the driver who was identified as Corey Freese.  Freese was placed under arrest for driving under the influence (drugs).  During an inventory of the vehicle, Officers located over 50 capsules (beans) of suspected fentanyl.  Freese was transported to the Randolph County Jail on charges of driving under the influence and trafficking drugs.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

For the period 07/08/2022 – 07/14/2022

·   On July 10, 2022, Deputies responded to a residence in New Florence for a physical domestic between sisters. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned the sisters were in town visiting their mother. While at their mother’s house the sisters got into an argument over money that soon turned physical. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges of Domestic Assault.

·   On July 11, 2022, Deputies responded to G&C Dunn and Sons for a theft report. The reporting party advised, sometime during the past month, a 1990’s Wilmar 600 Seed Cart was stolen from their parking lot. Investigation continues. If you or someone you know has information about this crime, please call the Communication Center at 573-564-3378 and request to speak with a deputy.

·  On July 12, 2022, Deputies responded to the area of Hwy 19 and Stave Mill Road for a report of a stolen vehicle. After further investigation, deputies learned the vehicle had been stolen from Warren County earlier in the day. The victim located her vehicle and was able to stop the thieves by blocking them in. The driver and passenger of the stolen vehicle took off on foot. Deputies located the suspects and upon approaching them, one of the suspects threw an eyeglass case. Deputies recovered the eyeglass case and discovered it contained a glass pipe and methamphetamine. Deputies also noted that the female suspect, who was driving the stolen vehicle, was intoxicated. Both suspects were arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail. The driver has pending charges for Driving while Suspended, Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The passenger has pending charges for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

·  On July 14, 2022, Deputies responded to the New Florence Fastlane for a report of an intoxicated driver who was passed out in his vehicle. Deputies located the driver, who openly admitted he was intoxicated. After further investigation it was discovered that the driver, just moments before receiving this call, drove his vehicle into the side of America’s Best Value Inn. The driver was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail, and charges with Driving While Intoxicated.

Calls for the Week:

·       Attempt to Contact – Montgomery City

·       Public Service Request – Bellflower

·       Suspicious Person – Bellflower

·       Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill

·       Fire – Bellflower

·       Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·       Fire – Bellflower

·       Arrest – Montgomery City

·       Citizen Assist – Montgomery City

·       Check Well Being – Bellflower

·       Unwanted Subject – Bellflower

·       911 Accidental – Hermann

·       Public Service Request – Jonesburg

·       Disturbance – Montgomery City

·       Pedestrian Check – I 70

·       911 Accidental – Unknown

·       911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·       911 Open line – Middletown

·       Citizen Assist – Danville

·       Citizen Assist – Montgomery City

·       Suspicious Activity – High Hill

·       Medical – Montgomery City

·       Motorist Assist – I 70

·       911 Accidental – New Florence

·       Stealing – Wellsville

·       Information – Bellflower

·       Animal Complaint – New Florence

·       Assault – New Florence

·       Civil Matter – Jonesburg

·       911 Open Line – Jonesburg

·       911 Accidental – High Hill

·       Motorist Assist – I 70

·       Juvenile Complaint – Montgomery City

·       Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·       Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·       Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·       Found Property – I 70

·       Civil Matter – Jonesburg

·       Disturbance – Middletown

·       Medical – Hermann

·       911 Accidental – New Florence

·       Motorist Assist – I 70

·       Disturbance – Jonesburg

·       Stealing – Middletown

·       Disturbance – Big Spring

·       Medical – Montgomery City

·       Public Service Request – Bellflower

·       Abandoned Vehicle – Middletown

·       Stealing – Middletown

·       Disturbance – Jonesburg

·       Drug Activity – Montgomery

·       Fraud – High Hill

·       Stolen Vehicle – New Florence

·       Public Service Request – Wellsville

·       911 Open Line – High Hill

·       Child Custody Dispute – Montgomery

·       Traffic Accident – Wellsville

·       Suicidal Subject – Bellflower

·       Unwanted Subject – Bellflower

·       Trespass – High Hill

·       Check Well Being – New Florence

·       Suspicious Activity – High Hill

·       Animal Complaint – Montgomery

·       Disturbance – Montgomery

·       Abandoned Vehicle - Wellsville

·       Harassment - Bellflower

·       Motorist Assist – New Florence

·       Information – Bellflower

·       911 Accidental – Loutre

·       Harassment – Bellflower

·       Alarm – Hermann

·       Assist Other Agency – New Florence

·       Animal Complaint – Big Spring

·       Fire – Rhineland

·       Animal Complaint – New Florence

·       911 Open Line – New Florence

·       Investigation - Montgomery City

·       Disturbance – New Florence

·       911 Open Line – Jonesburg

·       Public Service Request – Danville

·       Motorist Assist – High Hill

·       Leave Without Pay – New Florence

·       Leave Without Pay – New Florence

·       Fire – Bellflower

·       Suspicious Vehicle – Jonesburg

·       Alarm – Hermann

·       Recovered Property - Jonesburg

·       Warrant Arrest - Montgomery City

·       Domestic Assault - New Florence

·       Sexual Assault Investigation - Jonesburg

·       Motor Vehicle Accident - 168 MM I-70

·       Tampering With Motor Vehicle - Middletown

·       96 Hour Commit - Middletown

·       Mental Health - Jonesburg

·       Possess Control Substance - New Florence

·       Warrant Arrest - Montgomery County

·       Trespass Warning - High Hill

·       Driving While Revoked - Montgomery City

·       Damage to County Property - Rhineland

·       Assault - Wellsville

·       Leave Without Pay - New Florence

·       Driving While Intoxicated - New Florence





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July 26, 2022

 

 

DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $8 MILLION TO NONPROFITS THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Department of Economic Development has announced that it will award more than $8 million in 50% and 70% tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to 39 organizations for community development projects statewide.

“We’re proud to assist Missouri nonprofits as they provide critical services to citizens statewide,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Through this program, we’re able to support organizations in their work to strengthen Missouri communities, which in turn benefits our entire state and its economy.”

A total of up to $16 million are awarded through NAP annually, with projects limited to $250,000 in 50% tax credits and $350,000 in 70% tax credits. The credits for this fiscal year will be awarded in two rounds, with this being the first round and the second round opening this Fall. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, education institutions, faith-based organizations, local governments, and businesses that meet program requirements. During the Fiscal Year 2023 cycle, tax credits were reserved for organizations providing critical services, with priority given to projects providing job training, education, and those located in previously underserved areas of the state. The full list of 2023 Round 1 NAP recipients and projects is available here.

 

ENVICOR ENTERPRISES TO EXPAND TO SIKESTON, INVESTING $1.4 MILLION AND CREATING 25 JOBS

EnviCor Enterprises, LLC, a privately-held manufacturer of rotationally molded plastic parts, announced Monday it will expand to Sikeston, investing $1.4 million and creating 25 new jobs. EnviCor’s new production facility in Sikeston will enhance its capabilities to serve a broader geographic footprint and deliver custom-molded products for a wider range of customers.

“We’re proud to continue to attract and support top-tier manufacturers like EnviCor Enterprises that are choosing Missouri to grow,” said Governor Mike Parson. “EnviCor’s investment demonstrates confidence in our state’s ideal business environment, strong infrastructure, and skilled workforce. We’re excited to see this company expanding in southeast Missouri where it’s creating jobs and supporting a variety of other industries, including agriculture.”

For more than 16 years, North Carolina-based EnviCor has provided molded products for customers in the agriculture, furniture, recreation, petroleum, industrial and water industries. As one of the fastest-growing rotational molders in the nation, EnviCor’s success is supported by its unwavering commitment to helping customers succeed. The company’s new Sikeston location will serve as its first in the Midwest.  For this expansion, EnviCor used the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.

 




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July 25, 2022

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENTS ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing culvert replacements on routes in Montgomery County.

Route MM- August 2, the road will be closed at Shooting Star Road to Harby Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route MM- August 3, the road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to May Apple Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route T- August 4, the road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to Central Grove Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO ACCELERATE DROUGHT RESPONSE ACTIONS

In response to increasingly dry conditions and the growing threat of serious drought, especially across Missouri's southern counties, Governor Mike Parson has issued Executive Order 22-04 calling upon the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to activate the Drought Assessment Committee and the associated drought impact teams.

“I know on my farm that conditions have deteriorated quickly, and we are hearing the same reports from countless other farm and ranch families across the state,” Governor Parson said. “By responding now, early in this drought, we can greatly reduce the impact on our agricultural community and Missouri citizens. Our farmers are a critical resource for our state, and it is important that we assist them as much as possible through this difficult time.”

Governor Parson has directed all state agencies to examine how they may assist affected communities, as well as those communities that may be affected in the future, through temporary suspension of administrative rules, appropriation, or other means of support to mitigate the effects of drought conditions.

Additionally, Governor Parson has proactively directed the departments of Natural Resources and Conservation to create a process for allowing farmers water access at state parks and conservation areas. The Department of Natural Resources will also assess state park areas that can be made available for haying. The Missouri Department of Transportation will offer special over-width hauling permits, which waive certain fees and restrictions to farmers and ranchers moving hay.

In response to the Governor’s request, the Soil and Water Conservation Commission will hold a special session on Monday to consider assistance and variances that can be provided to help Missouri’s agriculture producers.

The Executive Order declares a drought alert for 53 counties in southern and central Missouri, primarily counties south of the Missouri River. A drought alert, part of Missouri’s Drought Plan, is the initial catalyst that allows the Governor to direct state agencies to work together and provide as many resources and as much assistance as possible.

In accordance with Missouri’s Drought Plan, the Department of Natural Resources has been engaging partners to assess emerging drought conditions for several weeks. In a fast-moving drought, local condition reports are crucial to understanding impacts to provide timely and appropriate assistance.

 

PSC APPROVES MISSOURI UNIVERSAL SERVICE

FUND ASSESSMENT CHANGES

The Missouri Public Service Commission has ordered the continued

suspension of the assessment which provides funding for the state Universal Service Fund (USF). The Commission originally suspended the assessment effective January 1, 2020. It was suspended a second time and is currently suspended through September 30, 2022. The Commission has now approved extending the suspension through December 31, 2022, followed by reinstating it at a rate of .0015 effective January 1, 2023.

The Missouri Universal Service Fund currently provides funding to landline carriers for the provisioning of discounted voice service to qualifying Lifeline Program and Disabled Program customers. The Missouri Universal Service Fund is funded through an assessment applied to the intrastate retail revenues of landline telecommunications companies and interconnected VoIP providers. A company has the option of recovering this assessment directly from consumers through a Missouri USF surcharge on a customer’s monthly bill. As an example, after January 1, 2023, a consumer with a monthly bill of $50.00 might see a Missouri USF surcharge of approximately $0.08.

The Lifeline Program is a national program designed to provide discounted voice and broadband services to qualifying low-income customers. The program is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in partnership with the states. The Disabled Program is a Missouri program providing discounted voice service and voice service bundled with broadband service to qualifying disabled consumers.

 

 




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June 30, 2022

 

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS HB 1878, FOUR OTHER BILLS INTO LAW

On Wednesday during a signing ceremony at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson signed five pieces of legislation into law, including House Bill (HB) 1878, which modifies Missouri's election laws to strengthen election processes and voter confidence. 

"We are happy to be joined by Representative John Simmons and Senator Sandy Crawford to sign HB 1878 into law," Governor Parson said. "In 2020 and years prior, Missouri has conducted free, fair, and secure elections, but with changing technologies and new emerging threats, we want to ensure they remain that way. HB 1878 strengthens our election processes and gives Missourians confidence that their voices are being accurately and securely recorded at the ballot box."

HB 1878 - Modifies provisions regarding election law:

Requires all registered voters in Missouri to provide a photo ID to vote and repeals the use of mail-in ballots while allowing certain absentee ballots, strengthening the integrity of each citizen's vote. 

Additionally, HB 1878 makes several other modifications to state statute:

  • Clarifies when voter rolls can be audited by the Secretary of State;
  • Allows no excuse absentee voting in person at the local election authority starting two weeks prior to the election;
  • Prohibits the use of ballot drop boxes for absentee ballots;
  • Makes the paper ballot the official ballot and prohibits the use of electronic vote counting machines after January 1, 2024;
  • Prevents local election authorities from accepting private donations, with limited exceptions;
  • Requires all electronic voting machines to be "air gapped" or not directly connected to the internet; and 
  • Adds several other provisions related to elections. 

"Our election system is a cornerstone of our Republic," State Representative John Simmons said. "Faith and confidence in the process is a solemn responsibility by voters themselves and those conducting elections.  A photo ID  requirement is but one common sense measure the vast majority of Missourians support."  

“I believe when HB 1878 becomes law Missourians can be assured that their votes will be counted correctly and there will be many safeguards in place to prevent voter fraud,” State Senator Sandy Crawford said. 

Additionally, Governor Parson signed SB 745, SB 820, HB 1606, and HB 1552. 

SB 745 -  Modifies provisions relating to public utilities

  • Protects the personal information of municipal utility customers from disclosure under the Sunshine Law;
  • Expands certain utilities’ ability to apply to the Public Service Commissions for a one-time rate adjustment for rate variations caused by weather, conservation, or both outside of a general rate proceeding;
  • Creates a legislative task force to review proper taxation on solar energy systems; and
  • Establishes two discount rate options for new, large electric customers that project certain electric loads over 5 and 10 year periods. 

SB 820 - Modifies provisions relating to utilities:

  • Exempts solar energy systems that are purchased and installed by a solar energy company from sales tax;
  • Establishes the Office of Broadband Development in state law, including criteria and deliverables for the broadband grant program; and
  • Prohibits deeds, covenants, or other binding agreements that limit or prohibit property owners from installing solar panels on their rooftops. 

HB 1606 - Changes the law regarding political subdivisions:

  • Increases transparency and reduces administrative burdens on various taxing districts;
  • Requires deeds to include the marital status of all grantors to prevent titling discrepancies and land title defects; and
  • Conveys several state properties.

HB 1552 - Modifies provisions relating to funding for charter schools and requirements for virtual education:

  • Makes changes to charter school funding;
  • Modifies requirements on charter school board member qualifications, annual performance report publications, and lactation accommodations; and
  • Amends the state’s Virtual School Program.

 

 

 




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June 29, 2022

 

DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO FOUR FROM AMTRAK CRASH & DERAILMENT ON MONDAY

The Highway Patrol confirmed Tuesday there are now a total of four fatalities in the crash and derailment of an Amtrak passenger train after colliding with a dump truck at a railroad crossing near Mendon.. Three of the fatalities were passengers on the train (one died at University Hospital) and the fourth fatality was the driver of the dump truck. Law enforcement officials working in conjunction with first responders and Amtrak officials have determined approximately 150 people were transported from the scene to 10 area hospitals for treatment of injuries that range from minor to serious in nature. Amtrak officials stated there were approximately 275 passengers and 12 crew members aboard the train. Amtrak Police are providing site security. The National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived on scene Tuesday.

 

TWO CONVICTED FOR FEDERAL HEALTHCARE FRAUD THAT WAS UNCOVERED BY STATE AUDITOR IN PUTNAM COUNTY

The State Auditor’s office reports two have been convicted for federal health care fraud related to a multi-state $1.4 Billion hospital billing scheme uncovered by  the Auditor during an audit in Putnam County. On Monday, a federal jury in Florida convicted the head of a hospital management company and another individual for their roles in a conspiracy to operate a multi-state $1.4 billion billing scheme that used rural hospitals to submit fraudulent claims. Jorge Perez and Ricardo Perez, who were also convicted of health care fraud, will be sentenced at a later date. Auditor Galloway's office has been working with federal law enforcement agencies since the scheme was uncovered during a 2017 audit of Putnam County Memorial Hospital. That audit, which found $90 million in illegal billings were passed through the 15-bed hospital, marked the largest fraud exposed in the history of the Missouri State Auditor's Office; the former CEO of the hospital pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud charges in 2019.

 

 

 




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June 28, 2022

 

THREE DEAD & OVER 50 INJURED WHEN AMTRAK TRAIN HIT A DUMP TRUCK AND DERAILED NEAR MENDON

The Highway Patrol reports at approximately 12:43 p.m. Monday, the Chariton County 911 Center received a 911 call of a vehicle struck by a train in Chariton County, southwest of Mendon. At approximately 1:02 p.m., first responders began to arrive on scene. Preliminary investigation indicates an Amtrak passenger train traveling to Chicago, Illinois, struck a dump truck at a railroad crossing. The train had approximately 8 cars, including a baggage car and 7 cars have derailed. Multiple injuries were reported, some minor and some serious, and the patrol said 3 fatalities resulted from the crash—2 on the train and 1 in the dump truck. Personnel quickly worked to provide aid and to secure the scene. Amtrak confirmed the crash happned shortly after 12:40 p.m. after the passenger train hit a dump truck at a public crossing about a mile south of Mendon. There were approximately 243 passengers and crew members on board. All injured and uninjured occupants of the train were transported from the scene. Individuals who sustained injuries were transported to area hospitals and were taken to either University Hospital or Boone Hospital in Columbia as well as other area hospitals while those who escaped serious injury were taken to the school in Mention initially. The Chariton County E911 center quickly summoned assistance and resources from a multitude of sources in surrounding areas as 911 calls for help rolled in. Individuals, churches and other groups also offered assistance to help in anyway needed to assist those who were stranded from the crash. The names of the three who were killed along with the names of the injured have not been released at this point, but additional information will be forthcoming. Local residents, first responders, the various agencies that responded to the crash and others  in responding to the crash site worked quickly to assess needs, provide the necessary resources and more including reassusance to those affected by the crash and derailment as well as providing information to those back home who were looking for details about friends and loved ones. While the list of agencies involved is most likely missing several, it does include  the Chariton County, Linn County, Macon County, Randolph County Sheriff’s Departments, Brookfield and Macon Police Departments, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Park Rangers, Missouri State Fire Marshals, and State Emergency Management Agency. Ambulances from Chariton, Linn, Randolph, Livingston, Macon, Howard, Carroll and Caldwell Counties as well as medical helicopters from multiple service providers that responded to the scene. Each agency transported multiple victims to area hospitals. Following the crash, nearly all efforts were on providing medical care and other assistance to those affected by the derailment including those who suddenly found themselves stranded as well as securing the scene. Now the focus will begin to shift to the actual investigation of the crash and derailment. Officials from Amtrak were responding to the scene and the NTSB was advisted and quickly dispatched a team to the site. Various other Federal, State and local resources are also on alert to provide assistance as needed.

 

HANNIBAL WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY AFTEROON WRECK IN MACON COUNTY

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Highway 63, six miles north of Macon. Troopers say Tailor Lain, 18, of Hannibal, Mo., was southbound when the SUV she was driving went off the left side of the road.then overturned and came to rest on its wheels in the median. Lain received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 

 




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June 27, 2022

 

DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY URGES CAUTION FOR THOSE WHO INCLUDE CONSUMER FIREWORKS IN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

The Division of Fire Safety is urging Missourians to put fireworks safety first as they prepare for this year’s July 4th celebrations. Public fireworks displays not only offer spectacular sights, they are the safest. 

 

Fireworks sales at licensed seasonal retailers are legal in Missouri from now to July 10.  According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission analysis, 18 people died from non-occupational fireworks incidents in 2020, compared to 12 deaths in 2019.

About 15,600 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2020, according to the CPSC. There were about 10,000 ER-treated fireworks injuries in 2019.

 

Across the nation, July 4th is not only the busiest day of the year for fireworks it’s the busiest day of the year for fires. About 40 percent of Independence Day structure fires are the result of fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Across the U.S. in 2018, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires and 17,100 outside and other types of fires. These fires caused five deaths and $105 million in direct property damage, according to NFPA. About 250 people go to emergency rooms each day with fireworks-related injuries in the 30 days around July 4th.

 

Missourians who choose to use consumer fireworks should follow these safety tips:

  • Confirm fireworks are legal where you live; purchase fireworks only from licensed retailers.
  • Only use fireworks in a large open space that has been cleared of flammable materials.
  • Always keep young children away from fireworks; if teens are permitted to handle fireworks, they should be closely supervised by an adult; always wear eye protection.
  • Make sure to have a garden hose or a bucket of water nearby in case of a fire.
  • Only light fireworks one at a time; never try to re-light fireworks that have malfunctioned
  • Dispose of fireworks by soaking them in water and leaving them in a trash can.
  • Never shoot fireworks off from a glass jar or container.
  • Never use fireworks while consuming alcohol.
  • Never store fireworks from season to season.

Sparklers are a good example of how people underestimate the danger of fireworks. Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. They can quickly ignite clothing and leave young children with severe burns. According to the NFPA, sparklers account for more than 25 percent of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries.

 

ASHCROFT WARNS MISSOURIANS OF TIMESHARE SCAM

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s securities division is warning Missourians about a recent increase in fraudulent schemes targeting owners of timeshare properties in Mexico.

 

These scams involve individuals claiming to be representatives of a brokerage firm, travel agency, title company or escrow agent making contact with timeshare owners over the phone. The fraudsters may promise to pay a significant sum of money for the timeshare or claim the owner is entitled to valuable shares of stock in connection with the property. The scammers will sometimes use very official looking documents, including contracts and title paperwork.

 

Fraudsters have various methods of making timeshare schemes appear legitimate. For example, some fraudsters design websites that mimic those of real companies but contain false information.

 

In some situations timeshare owners are told they must pay a tax or fee to obtain the promised payments. On at least one occasion, a fraudster instructed an elderly person to liquidate assets in their IRA and send any proceeds to the caller.

 

These fraudsters can be persistent. In cases where victims become suspicious and stop sending money, perpetrators may contact victims posing as representatives of the Mexican government or a financial institution and demand an advance fee or tax in a ruse that claims to help victims recover their money.

 

If you receive a solicitation or suspect a family member or loved one is being contacted for this kind of activity, call the toll-free investor production hotline at 800-721-7996, or go online to www.missouriprotectsinvestors.com to file a complaint. The Missouri Attorney General’s consumer fraud hotline at 800-392-8222 may be able to help as well.

 




Weekend Report- June 25-26, 2022

 

LANE CLOSURE: RESTRICTIONS ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

On Saturday morning the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the passing lanes in both the east and west bound lanes on Interstate-70 at the High Hill overpass at mile marker 180 to replace traffic barriers in the area.

“The overpass column in the median was hit Thursday night, and in order for work to be done to stabilize the bridge and replace the column, the traffic barriers will remain in place while workers repair the bridge,” explained MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Kevin James.

The Route F bridge/overpass will remain closed, and all ramps at the interchange will remain open. Beginning next week, the contractor will remove the damaged column and replace it with a new one. “The repair could take up to several weeks,” added James.

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT REPLACEMENTS ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing culvert replacements on routes in Montgomery County.

Route MM- June 28, the road will be closed at Floyd Road to Berger Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route MM- June 29-30, the road will be closed at Post Oak West to Post Oak East between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

 




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June 23, 2022

 

COLUMBIA’S FIRE IN THE SKY SET FOR JULY 4TH

It’s just one of many Fourth of July celebrations planned throughout the area including the big Fireworks Extravaganza at Moberly’s Rothwell Park Athletic Complex. The City of Columbia will be holding the 70th annual Fourth of July Fire in the Sky celebration, and this year it will be held at Stephens Lake Park. The celebration kicks off with kids’ activities and crafts beginning at 6 p.m., live entertainment at Stephens Lake Amphitheater at 6:15 p.m. and multiple food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m. The festivities will be capped off with a fireworks display that will begin at 9:15 p.m., launched from the east side of the park. The Fire in the Sky celebration was moved around to various locations in recent years, as Columbia Parks and Recreation staff worked to locate a family friendly space large enough to safely accommodate the event and provide optimum viewing of the fireworks display. For more information about this year’s event, please visit CoMo.gov and search Fourth of July or call 573.874.7460.

 

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT CROWDER STATE PARK

If you have been struggling with the recent heat and humidity, maybe this will help? It’s an invitation to join Crowder State Park team members as they celebrate Christmas in July. A variety of activities are planned for July 8th – 10th in the park campground. On Friday, July 8 – Bring your Christmas décor and transform your campsite into a Christmas wonderland for a chance to win fun prizes! The schedule for Saturday, July 9 includes a Christmas themed walk, Christmas craft time, Christmas games at the campground amphitheater and much more. Then on Sunday, July 10 – Pack up the Christmas decorations and return to summer reality! You can reserve a camp spot now. Crowder State Park is located at 76 NW Highway 128 in Trenton. For more information, call 660-359-6473.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

06/10/2022 – 06/16/2022

 

·         On June 11, 2022, at approximately 11:30 pm, Lincoln County advised their Deputies were in pursuit of a Dodge Truck entering Montgomery County on Highway E. Montgomery County Deputies located the suspect vehicle on Highway V and the pursuit continued onto North Highway 161, through Montgomery City, through Danville, and onto Interstate 70 East toward New Florence. Montgomery County Deputies spiked the truck tires near the 175 mile marker East Interstate 70 where, shortly thereafter, the pursuit came to an end. Two male suspects from the O’Fallon area were taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of Methamphetamine inside a metal tin that was hidden under the steering column of the truck. The driver of the truck had multiple outstanding warrants out of the St. Charles area. Lincoln County took custody of both suspects and transported them to the Lincoln County Jail where they will be facing multiple drug related charges.

·         On June 11, 2022, Deputies responded to Jonesburg for a report of a stolen vehicle. The reporting party advised he had parked his vehicle at his residence the night before and found it missing in the morning. Through the course of the investigation, a suspect was identified, the vehicle was located, and returned to the owner. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.

·         On June 13, 2022, while on routine patrol Deputies conducted a traffic stop at the Love’s Truck Stop in New Florence for failure to stop at stop sign. During the stop deputies smelled a strong odor of Marijuana emitting from within the vehicle. Deputy K9 Justice was walked around the vehicle to which she alerted on the driver’s door. Deputies located two marijuana pipes, marijuana, and a handgun in the driver’s door. A quick check of the handgun revealed it had been reported stolen out of Montgomery City. The driver was arrested, transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Receiving Stolen Property.

·         On June 14, 2022, three subjects stopped at a home in the Gamma area and advised the homeowner they were thirsty and wanted to buy antiques. While the homeowner was distracted by one of the subjects, the two others entered the home where the homeowner's daughter was napping. While they were inside, they began rummaging through the homeowner's belongings. Currently, the only thing found to have been stolen is cash. The subjects were driving a white or light tan, single-cab Ford F150 with an asphalt sealant tank in the bed, and what appeared to be a business logo for Midwest Sealcoat Inc. on the doors. After contacting Midwest Sealcoat it was discovered that there business logo was being copied and used by others purporting to be their employees. If you or someone has any information that could help us identify the subjects, please call 573-564-3378 and ask to speak to a deputy.

·         On June 15, 2022, Deputies responded to Booneslick Rd, High Hill for an attempted theft of a motor vehicle. Contact was made with the reporting party who advised he was awoken by his employee advising someone had attempted to steal a box truck and drove it through the graveled lot, lawn, metal fence and through two sets of manmade rail road tracks. The vehicle became stuck and was left on the lot. Investigation continues.

·         On June 16, 2022, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received information that Charles L. Story, a 40 year old man from Beardstown, Illinois, was currently at a residence off of Elm Street in Bellflower, Missouri. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching for Story as he is wanted for questioning for his possible involvement in the disappearance of Beverly J. Logan. Story also has several outstanding warrants for his arrest out of the State of Illinois. Story currently has 3 order of protections against him and has a history of resisting arrest, threatening public officials, aggravated battery, and is registered with the State of Illinois as a sexual predator. At 3:47 p.m., Deputies received permission to search the house on Elm Street in Bellflower. Deputies made entry and during the search, discovered Story had barricaded himself in a hidden room toward the rear of the house. Contact was made with Story who advised that he was armed and he would shoot anyone who tried to gain entry to the room and then shoot himself. Story also advised that he was injured and had been shot in the leg several days prior. After a brief stand-off, Story exited the room and was taken into custody without incident. After taking Story into custody an ambulance was dispatched to tend to Story’s gunshot wound. Story is currently in the Montgomery County Jail being held on two active warrants out of the State of Illinois with bonds totaling $90,000.00. As of just recently, Montgomery County applied for and received no bond warrants on Story for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender, Harassment 1st Degree, and Resisting/Interfering with Felony Arrest.

Calls for the Week:

 

·         Check Well Being – Bellflower

·         Trespassing – Wellsville

·         Trespassing – Wellsville

·         Motorist Assist – Bellflower

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – Montgomery City

·         Stolen Vehicle – New Florence

·         Public Service Request – Mineola

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Activity – New Florence

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70

·         Alarm – Montgomery City

·         Check Well Being – McKittrick

·         Property Damage – Montgomery City

·         Public Service Request – Jonesburg

·         Motorist Assist – Loutre

·         Traffic Hazard – I 70

·         Suspicious Person – Middletown

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·         Check Well Being – Montgomery City

·         Stolen Vehicle – Jonesburg

·         Suspicious Person – Jonesburg

·         Animal Complaint - New Florence

·         Animal Complaint – Wellsville

·         Special Assignment – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Vehicle – New Florence

·         Check Well Being – Jonesburg

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Found Property – Wellsville

·         Vandalism – Wellsville

·         Public Service Request – New Florence

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence

·         Animal Complaint – Wellsville

·         Property Damage – Jonesburg

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Narcotic Activity – Montgomery City

·         Motorist Assist – Jonesburg

·         Traffic Hazard – Montgomery City

·         Citizen Assist – New Florence

·         911 Accidental – Bellflower

·         Alarm – New Florence

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70

·         911 Accidental – Montgomery City

·         Juvenile Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Stealing – Bellflower

·         Stealing – High Hill

·         Special Assignment – High Hill

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Person – Americus

·         911 Accidental – McKittrick

·         C & I – I 70

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Medical – Montgomery City

·         Information – Warrenton

·         Information – Bellflower

·         Unwanted Subject – Montgomery City

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Disturbance – Montgomery City

·         Public Service Request – High Hill

·         Medical – Jonesburg

·         Information – Montgomery City

·         Information – Montgomery City

·         Medical – McKittrick

·         Information – Montgomery City

·         Abandoned Vehicle – Montgomery City

·         Information – Montgomery City

·         Attempt To Contact – Bellflower

·         Juvenile Complaint – Wellsville

·         Disturbance – Jonesburg

·         Special Assignment – Jonesburg

·         Fraud – Middletown

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Alarm – Wellsville

·         Trespass- Wellsville

·         Vehicle Pursuit – Montgomery County

·         Stealing - Jonesburg

·         Felony Warrant Arrest - New Florence

·         Harassment -- Wellsville

·         Motor Vehicle Collision - Montgomery County

·         Civil Issue - Jonesburg

·         Receiving Stolen Property - New Florence

·         Property Damage - Montgomery County

·         Assist MCPD - Montgomery City

·         Burglary - Middletown

·         Stealing Motor Vehicle - High Hill

·         Death Investigation - Jonesburg

·         Assault on Leo - Montgomery City

·         Fugitive Apprehension – Bellflower

·         Fraudulent Use of Credit - Middletown

 




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June 22, 2022

 

MDC, PARTNERS TO HOST NATIVE FORAGE WORKSHOP THURSDAY IN  TRUXTON

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is partnering with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), MFA Incorporated, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society to host a native forage workshop Thursday, June 23 from 8a.m. – 12 p.m.  The event will be held at Cope Farms Inc. located at 589 Highway E in Truxton.

Topics discussed during the program include Cope Farm’s history, establishment of native forages, grazing cattle and sheep on native forages, calibrating drills and sprayers, cost-share programs, and more.

Water will be provided. All discussions will be held outside, so participants should dress accordingly.

Advanced registration is required at https://mfgc.regfox.com/native-forage-workshop.  Seats are limited.

For more information on the workshop, contact MDC Landowner Services Manager Seth Barrioz at Seth.Barrioz@mdc.mo.gov.

 

MISSOURI FARM BUREAU PARTNERS WITH ST. LOUIS CARDINALS FOR 'HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER' EVENT

Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance is teaming up with the St. Louis Cardinals and Feeding Missouri to host the Home Run Against Hunger Food Drive before the Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, June 26, from 10:30 AM—1:30 PM in front of the Official Cardinals Team Store at the corner of 8th Street and Clark Avenue.

Fans who bring a non-perishable donation will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming Cardinals game (one voucher per person).  Donations collected at the event will count toward a statewide grand total of donations (in pounds) that will be announced at the conclusion of the event.  Monetary donations will be accepted as well.

While most non-perishable donations are appreciated, some types of food items allow local pantries to best meet the needs of the communities they serve. These items include: canned tuna and chicken, boxed or bagged pasta and rice, canned soup and chili, boxed crackers, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, bottled jelly, granola/snack bars, fruit snacks and instant mashed potatoes.  Other non-perishable donations such as diapers, baby formula, toilet tissue and general hygiene products are welcomed as well. 

With St. Louis Area Foodbanks serving nearly 400,000 people in our region each year, the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognize the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry neighbors.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL URGES YOU TO PLAN A SAFE JULY FOURTH WEEKEND

The July Fourth holiday weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy one of Missouri’s recreational opportunities or a backyard barbecue. Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds Missouri’s travelers to make smart choices for a safe July Fourth holiday. Everyone should place safety at the top of their list when planning how to celebrate our nation’s freedoms. No matter how you decide to spend the long weekend, your smartest choice is to follow all Missouri traffic and boating laws. During the 2021 counting period, seven people were killed and 532 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,139 traffic crashes. Over the 2021 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 80 people for driving while intoxicated. In 2021, there were 12 boating crashes, which included eight injuries and one fatality. One people drowned during last year's July Fourth holiday. Troopers made nine boating while intoxicated arrests over last year’s July Fourth holiday weekend. The 2022 counting period for the July Fourth holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, July 1, to 11:59 p.m., Monday, July 4, 2022. The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) and Operation Dry Water over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Operation Dry Water specifically targets impaired vessel operators. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri roadways and waterways to enforce traffic and boating laws, and offering assistance as needed. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers, and being courteous on the water. Never operate a vessel if you’ve consumed alcohol. Boaters need to be aware that it is illegal to discharge fireworks from a vessel. Leave all fireworks in a safe place on shore. Remember to share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Anyone needing assistance or who witnesses criminal activity while traveling on Missouri’s roadways or waterways can contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone.

 

 




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June 21, 2022

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR PAVEMENT WORK ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Route J- June 21-23, the road will be closed at Whiteside School Road to Missouri Route 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route MM- June 22-23, the road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to May Apple between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

MONDAY WAS RIDE TO WORK DAY

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department issued a reminder on their social media page to watch for motorcycles as you hit the highways yesterday morning. Monday was "It’s Ride to Work Day", celebrating the joys of motorcycle riding by encouraging people to ride their motorcycles to work. Check your mirrors and blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Motorcycles can be hard to see.

 

FAYETTE JUVENILE INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

The Highway Patrol said a Fayette juvenile was injured in a crash in Howard County on County Road 423, north of County Road 425 at 8:29 PM Monday night when his motorcycle traveled into the opposite lane and struck a vehicle operated by 64 year old Carl Wiehardt of Fayette. The 15 year old male was ejected. He had moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 

 




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June 20, 2022

 

TODAY IS A FEDERAL HOLIDAY

Just a reminder that most city, county, state and federal offices, banks and more will be closed today in observance of the newest National Holiday known as Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. All of us should take time to remember and educate ourselves on the events of June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers told enslaved Black American’s in Galveston, Texas, the war was over and they were free.

 

BEARDSTOWN, ILLINOIS MAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

This past Thursday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received information that Charles L. Story, a 40 year old man from Beardstown, Illinois, was currently at a residence off of Elm Street in Bellflower, Missouri. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has been actively searching for Story as he is wanted for questioning for his possible involvement in the disappearance of Beverly J. Logan. Story also has several outstanding warrants for his arrest out of the State of Illinois. Story currently has 3 order of protections against him and has a history of resisting arrest, threatening public officials, aggravated battery, and is registered with the State of Illinois as a sexual predator.  On June 16, 2022, at 3:47 p.m., Deputies received permission to search the house on Elm Street in Bellflower. Deputies made entry and during the search, discovered Story had barricaded himself in a hidden room toward the rear of the house. Contact was made with Story who advised that he was armed and he would shoot anyone who tried to gain entry to the room and then shoot himself. Story also advised that he was injured and had been shot in the leg several days prior. After a brief stand-off, Story exited the room and was taken into custody without incident. After taking Story into custody an ambulance was dispatched to tend to Story’s gunshot wound. Story is currently in the Montgomery County Jail on a 24-hour investigative hold for Montgomery County and two active warrants out of the State of Illinois with bonds totaling $90,000.00.

 

SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATING ATTEMPTED THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE

On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to Tinsley’s Amusements in High Hill, Missouri, regarding an attempted theft of a Motor Vehicle.  Through the course of the investigation it was discovered that a truck was parked on the lot at 8:30 P.M. on June 14th and found near the Interstate at approximately 6:30 A.M. on June 15th. The suspect(s) drove the truck through the yard, a metal fence, over Tinsley’s railroad tracks, and through a secondary fence. The truck was then abandoned after getting stuck.  If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Montgomery County Joint Communications

 




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June 16, 2022

 

COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT

This past Tuesday morning at 7:24 AM, a two vehicle crash occurred in Cooper County on MO 5 at Old 5 Drive. The Highway Patrol said 24 year old Justin Kueckelhan of Boonville was westbound and pulled into the path of a northbound motorcycle. The motorcycle, operated by 68 year old Glenn Cairer of Sedalia, went off the left side of the roadway and overturned. Cairer had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

HANNIBAL MOTORCYCLIST INJURED TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Troopers say a Hannibal man was injured in a motorcycle accident in Marion County on MO 79 at River Hills Road in Hannibal on Tuesday afternoon at 1:35pm. According to the report, 36 year old Michael Owens of Hannibal was northbound on a motorcycle and attempted to make a u-turn and was struck head on by a northbound semi-tractor driven by 59 year old Paul Taylor of Boonville. Owens received moderate injuries and was transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy by Marion County Ambulance.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT WEEKLY REPORT

 

06/03/2022 – 06/09/2022

 

A Reminder from the Sheriff’s office:

As the weather shifts to these scolding hot days it is always important to remember to wear sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids, and keep an eye on those who are at high risk for heat-related illnesses. Those at a greater risk of suffering from a heat-related illness are: Infants, young children, people over the age of 65, and people who are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

 

  • On June 4, 2022, Deputies, State Highway Patrol, and EMS responded to a single motorcycle accident on Highway 19 near Hugo Road. The motorcyclist, from Springfield, Missouri received moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital by EMS. Law Enforcement has yet to determine the cause of the accident. The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues the investigation. With the warm weather, many motorcyclists are out and about enjoying a relaxing ride. Although this is not what contributed to this accident, please be mindful when mowing near a roadway. Blowing your grass clippings on the roadway can create dangerous road conditions for motorcyclist. Let’s do our part to keep our motorcyclist safe.
  • On June 3, 2022, Deputies responded to the area of Montgomery City for a physical domestic. Through the course of the investigation, Deputies learned an argument over suspected infidelities turned physical when the suspect attempted to lock the victim and her children out of the house. When the victim attempted to gain entry into the house, the suspect slammed the door on her leg several times and threatened to kill her. Deputies also learned the suspect had thrown one of the juveniles to the ground during the incident. At the conclusion of their investigation, Deputies took the suspect into custody and transported them to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Domestic Assault.
  • On June 4, 2022, Deputies were patrolling in the area of Wellsville and observed a vehicle with an equipment violation. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. Through the course of the stop, K-9 Deputy Justice was utilized and Deputies located a Glass Pipe used to ingest methamphetamine and a small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine. Deputies also learned the driver did not have a valid license. The driver was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and No Operator License.
  • On June 7, 2022, Deputies responded to the area of Hwy F for a subject parked roadside creating a disturbance. The reporting party advised the subject was yelling at local residents. Upon arrival, Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger who both appeared to be intoxicated. The driver was extremely uncooperative with Deputies and refused to even identify himself, or complete any sobriety testing. Due to the driver’s intoxication, he was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Driving While Intoxicated.

Calls for the Week:

 

·         911 Accidental – I 70

·         Animal Complaint - Wellsville

·         C & I – I 70

·         Medical – I 70

·         911 Accidental – Danville

·         Check Well Being – New Florence

·         Motorist Assist – Wellsville

·         Trespassing – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         911 Accidental – Middletown

·         Domestic – Montgomery City

·         Traffic Hazard – High Hill

·         911 Accidental – Jonesburg

·         Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Vehicle – High Hill

·         Alarm – Hermann

·         Assist MSHP – Montgomery City

·         Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·         Assist MSHP – I 70

·         Stolen Vehicle – Jonesburg

·         Civil Matter – McKittrick

·         Suspicious Activity – McKittrick

·         Pedestrian Check - New Florence

·         Alarm – Montgomery City

·         911 Open Line – McKittrick

·         Burglary – Mineola

·         Fraud – Montgomery City

·         911 Open Line – Jonesburg

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence

·         Citizen Assist – Jonesburg

·         Public Service Request – Bellflower

·         911 Accidental – New Florence

·         Public Service Request – New Florence

·         911 Accidental – Wellsville

·         Assault – Montgomery City

·         911 Open Line – Bellflower

·         911 Accidental – Bellflower

·         Suspicious Activity – Montgomery City

·         Assist MSHP – I 70

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – I 70 WB Rest Area

·         Suspicious Activity – Jonesburg

·         Burglary – Buell

·         Traffic Hazard – Danville

·         Assist MSHP – I 70

·         911 Open Line – I 70

·         Assist St. Clair County, IL – New Florence

·         Motorist Assist – New Florence

·         911 Accidental – New Florence

·         Stealing – High Hill

·         Animal Complaint – Middletown

·         911 Accidental – High Hill

·         Alarm – Bluffton

·         911 Accidental – Rhineland

·         911 Accidental – New Florence

·         Stolen Vehicle – New Florence

·         Domestic – Wellsville

·         911 Accidental – McKittrick

·         Investigation – Wellsville

·         Unwanted Subject – New Florence

·         Property Damage – Bellflower

·         Public Service Request – New Florence

·         Suicidal Subject – New Florence

·         Attempt To Contact – Bellflower

·         Juvenile Complaint – New Florence

·         Animal Complaint – New Florence

·         Fire – New Florence

·         Suspicious Activity – High Hill

·         911 Accidental – Middletown

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Unwanted Subject – Wellsville

·         Alarm – New Florence

·         Suspicious Vehicle – Jonesburg

·         Suspicious Person – Montgomery City

·         Alarm – Jonesburg

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – New Florence

·         Alarm – Montgomery City

·         Citizen Assist – Wellsville

·         Citizen Assist – Wellsville

·         911 Open Line – Bellflower

·         Trespassing – Hermann

·         Harassment – High Hill

·         Leave Without Pay – Middletown

·         Public Service Request – Montgomery City

·         Disturbance – High Hill

·         Child Custody Dispute – Jonesburg

·         Stolen Vehicle – New Florence

·         Harassment – Montgomery City

·         Alarm – Jonesburg

·         911 Open Line – Jonesburg

·         C & I – I 70

·         Traffic Arrest – High Hill

·         911 Open Line – Montgomery City

·         Motor Vehicle Accident – Middletown

·         Medical – Montgomery City

·         Citizen Assist – Montgomery City

·         Property Damage – High Hill

·         Animal Complaint – Montgomery City

·         Attempt To Contact – Montgomery City

·         Investigation – New Florence

·         Loitering/Vagrancy – Montgomery City

·         911 Accidental – I 70

·         911 Accidental – I 70

·         Animal Complaint – High Hill

·         Medical – Montgomery City

·         Medical – Montgomery City

·         911 Open Line – High Hill

·         Domestic – Montgomery City

·         Citizen Assist – New Florence

·         Motorist Assist – Montgomery City

·         Motorist Assist – Buell

·         Follow Up - Bellflower

·         Disturbance – Montgomery City

·         Information – Big Spring

 

 




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June 15, 2022

 

BOWLING GREEN MAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL WITH SERIOUS INJURIES

Troopers say 73 year old Raymond Gearhart of Bowling Green failed to stop at a stop sign on US 61, 3 miles west of Hannibal at 3:45 Tuesday afternoon and his SUV traveled into the path of a Box Truck driven by Allen Zeigler, age 47 of Wooden, Iowa. Gearhart has serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. A passenger in his vehicle, 36 year old George Mulhollen of Bowling Green had moderate injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by ambulance. The other driver was not injured.

 

HEAT CAUSING ROADWAY ISSUES

The high heat and humidity has caused some highways in the area to buckle requiring MoDOT crews to respond and make temporary repairs and erect signage for motorists of the potential danger in some areas. That’s what   happened on Highway 65 Tuesday near Route K.  A Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy was on the scene warning drivers to slow down until MoDOT crews could arrive and make repairs. If you discover a problem area, it’s always a good idea to help out fellow motorists by contacting MoDOT or your local law enforcement agency about the hazard.

 

 




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June 14, 2022

 

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR ENTIRE LISTENING AREA THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8PM

Be sure to take all necessary precautions to help keep yourself and others safe during the dangerous heat and humidity levels

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR PAVEMENT WORK ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Route J- June 14, the road will be closed at South Turkey Ridge Road to Short Road between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route J- June 15-16, the road will be closed at Short Road to Whiteside School Road between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route J- June 21-23, the road will be closed at Whiteside School Road to Missouri Route 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route MM- June 22-23, the road will be closed at Missouri Route 161 to May Apple between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING ON EAST BUSINESS LOOP 70 SATURDAY NIGHT

This past Saturday night at approximately 11:45 p.m. Columbia Police were dispatched to the 900 block of East Business Loop 70 in reference to a report of shots fired. During the investigation, officers found one adult female had sustained an apparent gunshot wound. She was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No other information was released by authorities but the release did indicate this is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department's Criminal Investigations Division. 

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSE STATEWIDE FOR JUNETEENTH

The Missouri State Highway Patrol recently issued a reminder that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on Monday, June 20, 2022, in observance of Juneteenth. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, June 21, 2022

 

 

 

 




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June 13, 2022

 

TWO FATAL RALLS COUNTY CRASHES FRIDAY

A Vandalia man was pronounced deceased at Hannibal Regional Hospital following a Ralls County crash on Friday evening. Troopers say it happened Friday evening shortly after 7pm on US 61, approximately 2 miles north of New London when 27 year old Ian G. Smith of the Vandalia/Mexico area was southbound and the vehicle he was driving went off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Smith was not injured, however a passenger, 24 year old Shawn C. Wise of Vandalia was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to the Hannibal Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 8:15 pm. The patrol’s major crash investigation team was called to investigate the scene of the crash and was assisted by the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department, New London Police Department and the New London Fire Department.  Smith was arrested at 8:37 pm by the patrol and transported to the Marion County jail where he was placed on a 24 hour hold pending filing of official charges for driving while intoxicated.  This was the second fatal crash in Ralls County on Friday.  At 2am Friday morning a Quincy woman died in a crash on US 61, 4 miles south of Hannibal. The patrol said 25 year old Dakota Borenson of Quincy was killed when she was struck by a northbound auto driven by Troy Rasey of Maywood MO. The crash report said Borenson was a pedestrian and was in the lane of travel when she was struck.  The major crash team was also called to that incident and was assisted by the Ralls County Sheriff’s office, Hannibal Rural Fire Department and Marion County Ambulance. She was pronounced deceased at Hannibal Regional Hospital just after 3am Friday.

 

COLUMBIA MAN KILLED – TWO OTHERS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY SATURDAY

The Highway patrol said 1 person died and 2 others were injured in a crash Saturday morning at midnight in Callaway County. It happened on Chapel UTV trail on Wildwood Estates Drive when 55 year old Donald Lay of St. Charles was westbound and traveling up an extreme incline when the vehicle lost traction and overturned back down the hill. A passenger, 39 year old Bethany Johnson of Columbia sustained serious injuries, as did the driver. She was transported by Callaway County EMS to University Hospital in Columbia while Lay was transported by Air Ambulance to University Hospital. Another passenger, 55 year old Richard Bryant of Columbia was killed in the crash.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ASSISTED LINCOLN COUNTY IN PURSUIT THAT ENDED IN DRUG BUST

Saturday night, at approximately 11:30 pm, Lincoln County advised their Deputies were in pursuit of a Truck entering Montgomery County on Highway E. Montgomery County Deputies located the suspect vehicle on Highway V and the pursuit continued onto North Highway 161, through Montgomery City, through Danville, and onto Interstate 70 East toward New Florence. Montgomery County Deputies spiked the truck tires near the 175 mile marker on eastbound Interstate 70 where, shortly thereafter, the pursuit came to an end. Two male suspects from the O’Fallon area were taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle revealed a large quantity of Methamphetamine inside a metal tin that was hidden under the steering column of the truck. The driver of the truck had multiple outstanding warrants out of the St. Charles area. Lincoln County took custody of both suspects and transported them to the Lincoln County Jail where they will be facing multiple drug related charges.

 

ARRESTS MADE AFTER CYBER TIP INVESTIGATION

In April of 2022, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force received a CyberTip report from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an identified online account within Cole County which had been used to upload child sexual abuse material. After further investigation, the identified account was traced to a specific residence in Jefferson City, Missouri and a search warrant was served at the home on June 7th, 2022. Investigators interviewed occupants and previewed electronic devices within the home, resulting in identification of the suspect account holder and discovery of additional child sexual abuse material. As a result, 33-year-old Paul Schofield was arrested and charged with Possession of Child Pornography (class B felony). During search warrant service, one of the additional occupants present within the home was a 7-year-old child. The mother of the child, 29-year-old Sara Schofield, was at work and arrived home after law enforcement contacted her regarding this incident. Following the arrest of Paul Schofield, a Cyber Crimes Task Force investigator continued forensic analysis of electronic items associated to the defendant and located videos from 2019 depicting both Paul Schofield and Sara Schofield sexually abusing the 7-year-old child, who was age 4 at the time. These videos were discovered on June 9th, 2022. In light of this evidence, an investigator with the Cyber Crimes Task Force met with Sara Schofield at the Cole County Sheriff’s Office, where she was immediately interviewed and arrested the same day. Additionally, the identified victim was taken into protective custody and a second search warrant was obtained and served at the residence. At this time, charges against Paul Schofield have been amended to include Sodomy 1st degree (class A felony), Incest (class E felony), and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (class A felony). Charges against Sara Schofield also include Sodomy 1st degree (class A felony), Incest (class E felony), and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (class A felony). The investigation is still ongoing.

 

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER INJURED WHEN REAR ENDED BY 18 WHEELER

The highway patrol said a Kirksville man received minor injuries when the car he was driving from struck in the rear by an 18 wheeler. The crash happened on US 63, just north of Kirksville at 12:54 Sunday afternoon. According to the report 46 year old Joseph Kassens was northbound and stopped in traffic when his car was struck in the rear by an 18 wheeler operated by 65 year old Roy Peterson of Duncombe, IA. Kassens was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. The driver of the big rig was not injured. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Kirksville Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

MOTORCYCLE CRASH RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES

Troopers say 25 year old Anthory Sanders of Kirksville was eastbound on Connelsville Road, 8 miles northwest of Kirksville at 10:23 Sunday morning when his motorcycle ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence post and ejected the driver. Sanders had serious injuries and was transported by MU 4 to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

BEVIER MAN TREATED BY MINOR INJURIES AFTER EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE CRASH

The Patrol said 67 year old Daniel L. White of Bevier received minor injuries when his northbound motorcycle struck a deer on Highway C, just south of Bevier at 12:20 AM Sunday. The motorcycle overturned and came to rest in the roadway. White had minor injuries and was transported by private auto to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

 

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June 9, 2022

 

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR PAVEMENT WORK ON ROUTE J IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be performing pavement work on routes in Montgomery County.

 

Route J- June 9, 13, the road will be closed at Short Road to Whiteside School Road between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route J- June 14-16, the road will be closed at Whiteside School Road to Missouri Route 19 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for closures during these times. Signs and message boards will be in place to alert motorists, as all work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

PERJURY CHARGES FILED AGAINST FRAUDSTER ACCUSED OF MISLEADING MISSOURI SECURITIES COMMISSIONER

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft praised Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Locke Thompson for upholding the rule of law by filing a class E felony charge of perjury against Golden Genesis Inc. founder and CEO, Thomas F. Casey. In July 2021, the securities division within the secretary of state’s office ordered Casey, Dennis R. Di Ricco and Golden Genesis, Inc. to pay $1.6 million after finding they defrauded seven Missouri investors as part of a nationwide fraud scheme. After further investigation and coordination with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Massachusetts Securities Division, a probable cause statement was submitted to Thompson’s office alleging that Casey also committed the criminal offense of perjury during his testimony before Missouri Securities Commissioner David Minnick. Casey’s altered testimony regarding the status of Di Ricco’s employment with Golden Genesis was a material fact that could have substantially affected the outcome of the proceeding.

Secretary Ashcroft urges investors to call the toll-free investor protection hotline at 800-721-7996 or go online to www.missouriprotectsinvestors.com for more information or to file a complaint.

 

 




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June 8, 2022

 

BULLDOZER ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF AUXVASSE MAN

The patrol says an Auxvasse man is dead after an incident involving a bulldozer on private property, 1 mile east of Warren in Marion County at 5:43 pm Tuesday. According to the report, 28 year old Joseph M. Shook of Auxvasse was conducting maintenance on a bulldozer when it began rolling backwards striking the victim. Shook was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by the Marion County Coroner and his body was transported to a Hannibal funeral home. The patrol was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Monroe City Fire Department and ambulance.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ANOTHER SHOOTING

Monday night, June 6th at approximately 9:40 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Fir Place in reference to a report of shots fired. Upon arriving on scene, officers located evidence that a shooting had occurred but identified no victims. Officers were later made aware that an adult male had arrived at a local hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. No suspects have been identified at this time. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department's Criminal Investigations Division.